DESPITE being in the midst of a global pandemic, a brand new coffee shop has opened its doors in the heart of Leigh.

OK, But First Coffee welcomed customers for the first time when the nation exited the second lockdown period on Wednesday.

Serving fresh local produce including cakes by Oh Sugar, the coffee shop arranged a jam-packed launch calendar to allow everyone to sample the delicious goods on offer.

With a challenging year nearly behind us, former global electronics director Dave Ivins was ready for a new challenge and eager to bring positivity to the community.

He said: “After over 20 years at a high pressure corporate organisation, I wanted to make my lifelong dream a reality.

“I have gleaned learnings and experience from my career, along with some great memories and friends.

“While the launch has been plagued with lockdowns and restrictions from the global pandemic, I hope the new coffee shop will provide a welcome retreat from the madness, allow people the opportunity to be inspired and challenge themselves to say ‘OK, But First Coffee’.”


Complimentary mince pies were served with all hot drinks on the official launch day, while an exciting Winter Wine and Dine evening has been arranged for December 19.

OK, But First Coffee will remain in the festive spirit by serving a special Christmas Eve breakfast.

Taking current government guidelines into consideration, the brand new establishment on Leigh Road has screens between tables and has a covered outdoor seating area.

Dave added: “The venue offers a welcoming glow while enticing the senses with the aroma of baking and coffee beans.

“The team are experienced, passionate and enthusiastic. The ethos is great food and exceptional customer service, so come along and immerse yourself in this new experience.”

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