Sitting in Betty’s in Harrogate with his wife, Colin Barrell passed comment that ‘this would work well in Taunton’. Beware the throw-away line!
3 years later after selling his McDonald’s franchise, Colin had found the premises and the right business partner. Mr. Miles opened the doors for business on the 24th of February 2010. Having decided what would work in Taunton, Colin approached the highly regarded local Tea blenders and Coffee Roasters DJ Miles & Co Ltd of Porlock with the idea of opening a Tea Rooms with them. Colin, a Minehead lad, after 27 years serving customers as part of the McDonald’s organisation, knew he had the skills to put the operation in place but needed the expertise of Miles to deliver the coffee and tea experience he wanted. Miles for their part had long been pondering the potential of opening a Tearoom. When the two parties came together the project gathered momentum.
The High Street in Taunton seemed the perfect venue for a little ‘Café Culture’ and the old Laura Ashley building proved a perfect venue.
Today Mr. Miles opens 7 days a week, and a look at the window display emphasises just how diverse is the product range on offer in the shop.This expansion has provided a platform for continued growth and diversity and is driving change and development. This can be seen with developing product lines and partnering with major English iconic brands like Lloyd Loom of Spalding.