Coombe Abbey gets a new artisan food market and dessert diner
December 12, 2021

Anyone from Rugby or Coventry has probably been to Coombe Abbey at least once. Whether it’s to join the crowds who descend on Coombe Park every time the sun makes an appearance, to visit Coombe Abbey itself for lunch, dinner or one of their events, or even to try out Go Ape, which arrived in the last few years.

Now there’s a new reason to get yourself down there. Two, in fact.

Coombe Abbey have unveiled a brand new artisan shop championing local independents as well as a 1950s-style dessert diner that will keep anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth happy for days. Both sit in the visitor centre, turning that building into a little destination in its own right.

Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey

(These two pictures by Jamie Gray Photography)

I popped along on a Wednesday night to check them out and while it was cold, rainy and empty when I went, it’s easy to see that these are a great addition that give you even more reason to visit Coombe Abbey. Lucky for you, they also have launched just in time for you to pop in if you’re visiting Luminate Coombe, which runs until Christmas Eve.

Abbey Artisan Market at Coombe Abbey

The Abbey Artisan Market is all about backing independent suppliers, with everything from Coombe Abbey Gin to preserves and chutneys from The Bay Tree and Cotswold Fayre and Coombe Abbey  Gin specially created by Redditch-based Thousand Trades Distillery.

There’s also craft beer from Warwickshire’s Windmill Hill Brewing Company, with plans to include a deli featuring cold meats from Aubrey Allen and freshly baked goods from Rugby-based John Dywer bakery.

Coombe Abbey artisan market


Coombe Abbey treats
Just a few of the goodies you can get from Abbey Artisan Market at Coombe Abbey.

There are plans for a deli and you’ll also be able to buy bread there, as well as all sorts of other artisan delights.

The Sundae Club at Coombe Abbey

Next door, The Sundae Club is a sweet-lover’s dream, and harks back to the ’50s with its leather booths and diner-style stools. There’s everything from sundaes to waffles, crepes and shakes, as well as vegan options, hot drinks and more.

I may or may not have checked out some of their offerings and can confirm they’re as impressive to look at as they sound, and taste pretty darn good too.

Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey
Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey

The new additions to Coombe Abbey are all part of a plan by owners No Ordinary Hospitality Management, to grow it as a real destination day out, giving everyone even more to do when they visit.

Richard Harrison, Managing Director of No Ordinary Hospitality Management, who has years of experience in retail including as general manager of major cinema chains across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, overseeing the launches of new cinemas at the NEC, Gloucester Quays and Hinckley, as well as working as an operations director at Twycross Zoo and manager at Lidl, said:

“Our desire is to drive visitors to Coombe as more of a destination and to give people an extra reason to visit. We are passionate about supporting local suppliers in The Abbey Artisan Market and would like to invite local food and drink producers across Coventry and Warwickshire looking to showcase their products in the store to please contact No Ordinary Hospitality Management.

“With The Sundae Club, we had an idea to create a fun, colourful dessert diner with a 1950s feel in a
different setting as usually they are found on the high street. Hopefully it will be the first of many!”