Harry, Tom, James and Ben Winterton outside the new cafe
Harry, Tom, James and Ben Winterton outside the new cafe building

A Lichfield auctioneer is branching out into a new city centre business.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers will open The Auction Cafe in the Grade II listed building at 34-36 Market Street later this year.

The business will serve up coffee, tea, cakes and savoury snacks, as well as offering free valuations of jewellery and antiques.

The site is just yards away from the very first office the family-owned business opened in Breadmarket Street back in 1864.

Managing director Richard Winterton said:

“We’re best known for putting items under the hammer but it will also be coffee and cakes over the counter when The Auction Cafe opens.

“Lichfield is where it all started off for Wintertons, with our first office in Breadmarket Street back in 1864.

“So it’s wonderfully fitting in our 160th year to be bringing it all back home with this new venture just a few yards away in a Georgian building next to Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace.

“This will be a brilliant central location in Lichfield for people to come and have their jewellery, watches, silver and antiques valued whilst checking out a range of brilliant beverages and choice cakes.

“We’ll be revealing more about our plans in the coming weeks and months, but right now we are actively looking for a manager and members of staff to run this exciting new offering in the city centre.”

Richard Winterton

The business is now headquartered at the Lichfield Auction House in Fradley Park, while it also opened an auction house in Tamworth in 2021.

To apply for a role at the café, email your CV to [email protected].

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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Costa Lichfield
9 days ago

Brilliant! Another coffee shop, i can’t wait. So much selection with the other 15 in town… Which one will i pick?

Flossy
9 days ago

How incredibly imaginative

Jamie
9 days ago

About time we opened a coffee shop in Lichfield

Mr Star Bux
9 days ago

Lichfield doesn’t want another coffee shop. Please for the love of god stop.

Ian Kingston
8 days ago

Despite the negativity here, the various coffee shops in the city (new and old) all seem to be doing pretty well, so it’s hardly surprising that another one is opening – the demand is there.

And the flip side of this is: what – realistically – would you prefer to see in its place? I’m assuming that hairdressers, barbers, vape shops, charity shops and bookmakers would be less appealing.

Damian
8 days ago

They should of opened a salon instead. Tap into that unexplored market in lichfield.

Lichfield derby duck
8 days ago

Good luck Richard & the team I say. If people knew just how much Richard does to loyally support local independent business & Lichfield people they would support his latest venture much more so than the other chain stores we have. Dave Hatton.

Kevin Warner
8 days ago

How utterly depressing.

BizBo
7 days ago

Wonderful creative idea, like Lichfield needs another cafe!!