PERCHED above the cobbles of St Mary’s Gate in Uppermill and fronting onto the bustling High Street sits Caffe Grande Abaco, formerly known as Java Bar Espresso.
The coffee house with its European influences has been the welcoming home of superb coffee and excellent deli style food for the past seven years, establishing itself as an integral part of the community.
A relaxing and cheerful atmosphere teamed with excellent service has attracted an increasing number of patrons, resulting in the recent renovation of the upstairs area which was officially unveiled this month.
Patterned marble, rich timber panelling and intricate metal work captures a flavour of Europe, providing an additional light and airy seating space and bar elevated above the busy main courtyard.
Nigel Skinkis, who opened the business in 2011, explained: “The expansion upstairs has given us a much more relaxed space which everyone can enjoy.
“People can come in for any occasion – just a quick coffee, a drink with friends or a meal with your family. We’re a central hub for everyone to enjoy.
“The feedback so far has been great. Everyone has said they love it which is fantastic to hear.
“Thank you to all our customers for their support and patience, and of course to our team for all their hard work with the changes.”
Local companies got hands on to help with the expansion, including Sarah Ann Hegab at Creative ArchitectureW, Barry McManus at Front Two Design and David Hall at THWG.
They transformed the second storey, previously occupied by Ski Miquel, into another level of seating, complete with a well-stocked bar, and there are also additional toilets on the floor above.
The first event in the new space will be a Wine Evening on Wednesday, June 27 starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £25 per person and include three red, three white and one sparkling wine to tickle the taste-buds.
Look out for more events in the future – or even hold your own there as the caffe bar is available to hire for private events for up to 60 people.
Caffè Grande Abaco opens its door at 7am and closes at 11pm, offering exquisite coffees, European beers and ales, intercontinental fine wines, and classic cocktails.
There is also a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean deli food, delicious boards, platters and canapés served all day long.
Among the favourites are signature coffee ‘The Abaco’ as well as speciality ice-creams created by Grandpa Greene’s, and more specialities from other local producers.
Find out more about Caffe Grande Abaco on their website: caffegrandeabaco.com or visit them at: Caffe Grande Abaco, 73A High Street, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6AP or call: 01457 810218.