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Cartwheel Cafe and Roastery

16 Low Pavement

Tel: 0115 959 8434

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photo credit Nathan Walker

Cartwheel Café and Roastery is the vision of Alex Bitsios-Esposito. Having started work in the family coffee shop at the age of eight, Alex developed a passion for coffee and spent the next 15 years or so, learning, studying and working in different elements of the coffee trade to develop his making, tasting, training and roasting practice. Joining with his wife, Becci and Michelin trained chef, Rikku O’Donnchu, Cartwheel draws on their combined passions for great coffee, great food and great hospitality!


Cartwheel believe that everyone should get to experience great coffee! They know where their beans come from and they select them carefully to ensure they are not only ethically produced, but are grown, harvested and processed in ways that ensure the highest quality. They roast their coffee in house to produce a great cup.

At the bar, Cartwheel's baristas are knowledgeable and passionate about coffee excellence. They are excited to be able to offer you a whole variety of beans to choose from, as well as brewing methods. Your coffee can take you to Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya (changeable depending on harvests!) and you can have a cappuccino or flat white, or you can ask your barista for the syphon, or a pour-over. And, if you can’t get enough of their coffee, you can buy a bag of beans to takeaway for home brewing.


Cartwheel love food and believe it should satisfy both tummies and eyes. They recruited the help of Michelin trained chef, Rikku to help them create a menu that not only tastes amazing, but is great for the body and looks exciting to eat. Wherever possible they source their produce locally, many of which are organic and cater for a variety of dietary requirements.

For those wishing to take their time over the breakfast or lunch they have an extensive menu, such as smashed avocado on toast, eggs and smoked salmon, superfood salads, chorizo pan hash.

And then there’s takeaway options. Do you work in the city and need something quick; what about their bacon sandwich, or a croissant? Or perhaps you need lunch in a hurry; Cartwheel have a range of salads and sandwiches to takeaway. It’s speedy, but they don’t scrimp on quality with beautiful breads and ingredients.


Cartwheel worked hard to create an ambiance of playful modernity, with a touch of the industrial! You can watch the world go by from their quirky window seat, or chill out at the back of the café in their cushioned high sofa area. Their staff are trained to bring you a friendly, laid back, full table service. You are equally welcome to come straight to the bar for takeaway, or simply to salivate over their cakes!

The café serves hot and cold drinks, cakes and pastries as well as breakfast and lunch!

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