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Visit Mapp & Weston @ The Barista Bar – gastronomic heaven!

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Martin Read


The Barista Bar has been launched at Mapp and Weston, the well-established, trusted estate and letting agent in Horsham’s East Street. The Barista Bar is a new and exciting venue for fantastic food and refreshments. Samantha Black, head of operations for the Barista Bar explains: “We are providing something unique and look forward to welcoming everyone. The building has been transformed into a stunning modern Café Bar to complement Mapp and Weston’s already thriving agency and we are obtaining a licence for outside seating for those lovely summer days too! Details of properties for sale and to let will be displayed on flat screens and in the window and the agency will of course be delighted to discuss those, but if visitors just want to enjoy some iconic food and a drink – or the outstanding coffee – then that’s exactly what the Barista Bar is here to provide!”                                                              Chris Skelton, one of the Directors of the Mapp & Weston agency, tells the District Post: “The two businesses are separate, but the idea is that the new Barista Bar will further extend the friendly professional approach that we have already created at the agency, enhancing the real quality personal service that we provide – something that is not available on the internet or indeed at some chain Agencies.” Chris continues: “We are confident that the people of Horsham will love the Barista Bar’s food and drinks, as also will our existing clients.”  

Sophie Weston, Co-Director at Mapp & Weston said: “We work very differently from the big chain operations – we are a local independent company with lots of experience and everyone here lives locally, so we know the district well and love being in the relaxed atmosphere of Horsham’s East Street. We believe that the new concept engages with that, so the Barista Bar will not only add something special and different from what is on offer around us, but also harmonise with the estate and letting agency, too.”

And what food there is! Paul Banfield the Director of the Barista Bar has sourced an exciting menu, featuring Lebanese-based delicacies, local lifestyle blogger Farah Al Zadjaly saying: “My job is travelling the world to write about food and I’m totally besotted with what’s on offer at Mapp & Weston @ the Barista Bar! The wide range of specialities is incredible, especially those wrapped in vine leaves, and everything is very tasty, healthy and simple, including the pastries and fabulous salads. A great deal of planning has gone into this with delicious results.” Farah’s opinions were enthusiastically endorsed by those attending the launch of the Barista Bar from across Sussex and beyond – Trish Paul, with her husband Ian saying: “This place is fantastic – terrific – and its great having a coffee here with like minded people.” And, what about the coffee? Lotty Light is the very experienced barista and Manager – preparing and presenting what she describes as: “Coffee made with love.” Forget about knocking up a cup of the instant variety – Lotty has been extensively trained in the art of coffee making – initially at Jamie Oliver’s – with a comprehensive knowledge of the different types of beans, where they come from and how they are washed and roasted. She has won notoriously competitive barista contests and revels in preparing an exquisite brew from the superb state of the art equipment at the Barista Bar. In addition to the range already on offer, Lotty will be featuring a very special coffee each month.                                                                                                            The core beliefs at the Mapp & Weston estate agency are honesty, reliability and putting the customer first, and the excellent feedback on their website emphasises their professionalism and integrity. Nothing is more certain than that the Barista Bar will earn the same plaudits, Paul Banfield summing up with: “We were very keen to participate in Horsham’s Big Nibble this year and are confident that we can provide a novel addition to the town’s gastronomic offer, augmenting both Chris and Sophie’s excellent work in the town at their Mapp & Weston estate and letting business and the variety of refreshments already available in Horsham’s East Street.”

Put Mapp & Weston @ The Barista Bar on your ‘must visit list’ – it will soon become a regular essential delight!

Mapp & Weston @ The Barista Bar, 27 East Street, Horsham, RH12 1HH is open from 8-6 Monday to Saturdays – 01403 271977 –

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