Starbucks has launched its Evenings Programme in the UK, offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers – from chorizo and prawn skewers with chili ketchup, to truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef. The newly renovated Stansted Airport store, operated in partnership with food travel experts SSP UK, is the first location to offer Starbucks Evenings, with plans to expand the program to additional stores.
In US stores, Starbucks Evenings has proven very popular and has rolled out to 30 locations in Seattle, Portland, Southern California, Chicago and Atlanta. Depending on the location, Starbucks Evenings in the UK will be available beginning at 4pm and will continue to offer the same quality handcrafted drinks and food, with an expanded menu for later in the day.
“We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too,” said Ian Cranna, vp marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA. “I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day.”
“Starbucks is a brand which is synonymous with great coffee and introducing this programme will tempt our coffee lovers to experience a new range of delicious foods and carefully selected alcoholic beverages in our newly renovated store,” said Simon Smith, CEO, UK and Ireland for SSP UK.
There are no plans to offer spirits as part of Starbucks Evenings Programme. Regular Starbucks food and drink favourites will continue to be made available throughout the evening. All wine and beer will be served for in-store consumption only.
SSP is a leading operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafés, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has nearly 30,000 employees, serving approximately a million customers every day. It has business at circa 120 airports and circa 270 rail stations, and operates approximately 2,000 units in 29 countries around the world.