Number of coffee shops in the United Kingdom (UK) 2013-2023, by outlet type

The number of coffee shops in the United Kingdom (UK) is expected to reach 32,230 by 2023, up from the 17,299 coffee shops recorded in December 2013. Non-specialist shops are predicted to enjoy the highest rate of growth, with the forecast suggesting a 107.88 percent increase in the number of non-specialist coffee shops from 2013 to 2023.

Cashing in on caffeine: the rise in non-specialists

As the coffee culture in the UK grows, the options for grabbing a café latte on the go are increasing. More non-traditional vendors, such as pubs, fast food restaurants and supermarkets, are getting in on the trend by offering their own coffeehouse menus. The number of non-specialist outlets has already overtaken the number of branded coffee shops, although the big three coffee chains – Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero – are still going strong.

Costa Coffee as market leader

Costa Coffee is not the just the largest coffee chain in the United Kingdom, but the largest coffee chain across Europe, operating more stores than either Starbucks or McCafe. The United Kingdom is of course Costa Coffee’s largest market, however, the company also has a significant number of outlets operating around the world. China is home to the second-highest number of outlets outside the United Kingdom, ahead of the 100+ outlets operating in the United Arab Emirates.

Number of coffee shop outlets in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2013 to 2023, by outlet type

Non-SpecialistsIndependent OperatorsBranded Coffee Chains
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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2013 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
Figures are as of December each year.

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