Swedish-inspired cafe concept launches in Harrogate


Aug 23, 2021
Vicky Somerville and Luke Morland of Fi:k outside the new café in Harrogate.

A new Swedish-inspired coffee shop has opened its doors in Harrogate with ambitious £780,000 plans to roll out the concept across Yorkshire.

Fi:k has renovated 1 Montpellier Gardens, which used to be the home of furniture business Covet. The venture has created eight jobs in the town.

The cafe is working with Leeds-based North Star Coffee Roasters, True Tea in Harrogate, Kokoa hot chocolate suppliers and Jenny Wren’s Bakehouse in Whitby.

Fi:K opened on Saturday and sells Swedish-inspired open sandwiches, salads, artisan pastries and smoothie bowls.

It is named after the Swedish term for cafe “Fi:K” and the Swedish ideal of “fika” which considers making time for family, friends and colleagues every day as essential.

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Vicky Somerville, who used to work for Grantley Hall and Filmore & Union, has taken on the design and marketing for Fi:K. She said:

“We see Fi:k as a fusion of Yorkshire and Swedish ideas, the cafe will very much be about high-quality products, provenance and people.

“Increasingly, customers want to ‘shop’ local and the majority of our ingredients and produce will hail from the North of England, often from small artisan producers.

“Post-lockdown, we all need to treat ourselves to a little indulgence and rediscover time to enjoy being together.”

Ms Somerville believes that the coffee house is set in one of the most characterful buildings in Harrogate. So Fi:K has made the existing stoves, pillars and Victorian windows as focal points.

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