A stunning coffee house in the heart of Britain’s oldest recorded town, Claudius Gateway is one of Colchester’s newest tourist attractions

Roman ruins, lit up and visible behind glass, form the backdrop of the stylish coffee house which is set to become an important tourist attraction in the town, selling souvenirs, postcards and providing a hub for tourist activity, as well as raising money for World Food Aid.

The Castle Park development is built around archaeological ruins considered some of the most important finds to date, including remnants of a 400 ft long Roman Arcade which led to the Temple of Claudius.

Artist’s impressions of the impressive coffee house, which opened on 27th June, 2017, have been released, featuring iconic images of Roman Emperor Claudius.

Many archaeological sites have been unearthed in Colchester, however, a lot of developers have simply covered and re-developed the land. When developers Flying Trade Group discovered the historic importance of the Temple of Claudius and its impressive Arcade the decision was made to immortalise the ruins and preserve an important part of UK history.

A fundraising campaign, allowing tourists to visit and view the remains for monetary donations has been launched – Proceeds will go to World Food Aid and in turn grants will be available for local and national charities.

Surya Foods CEO Suki Dulai is delighted to be financially funding the project, paying for all amenities with the help of some great suppliers and said: “This truly unique project offers the people of Colchester a cultural offering, great tasting coffee all with the added benefit of donating to charity.”

He added: “We are extremely excited about this venture and believe in giving something back to the community, raising even more money for good causes. We have the support from Paddy & Scott’s who will be providing coffee, machinery and ongoing training to the whole team involved in the project – investing tens of thousands of pounds for the lifetime of project.”

The coffee shop is run fully from donations. The CEO of leading national coffee retailer Paddy and Scott’s, Scott Russell, added:“We have been working with Surya Foods across their whole estate over the past few years and are delighted to be working with the team on this project. We are a proud British company so to be involved in this project closer to home really resonates with us”

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