Valentine’s Day might be just around the corner, but we’ve got plenty else to spread the love with!
The new year’s already off to a fantastic start for us at Aroma, and as always, it’s inspiring us to push ourselves and give it our best. That doesn’t just apply to our personal lives – Tom learning languages and Will and Mercedes taking boxing classes, anyone? – but also to the coffee and treats we’re getting you stuck into day by day
We’ve also been getting our gladrags on for our wine tasting and canapes sessions, which are helping set the mood for our grand reopening of our revamped cocktail bar this month.
If you missed this classy evening of tipples, helped along by the talented sommelier Antoin, don’t worry! It proved so popular we’re doing another on 1st March. See in springtime with a suitably fruit vintage, and we’ll sort out the perfect canape to put with it.
As for our big bar reopening dates, well… take your pick! You’ll find 16th February, as well as 23rd and 24th February, ready to wow you with some of the finest cocktails we can concoct.
We’ve got high hopes for 2018 as it continues, and we hope you’ll join us as we get the ball rolling! And even if not, can we show you Mercedes and Chris’s puppy Sherlock?
Because he’s the most handsome hound in the history of the world ever. Fond of the odd gourmet burger too!
We all agree that 2017 rushed by in a flash, but look at this! No sooner have we put our work boots back on, we’re a blimmin’ week into 2018 already! What’s that about?
We had a great time welcoming you all into the new year and helping you celebrate the festive season, but now that it’s back to business as usual, we wanted to wish our friends and customers all the best in this exciting, fresh beginning.
Whether you’ve blown your resolutions already, or you’re just using this time to plan out the coming 12 months, we’re hoping there’s plenty of good times ahead for us all. Aroma’s currently using January to plan a revamped upstairs bar experience, which we’ll be ready to talk about next month… and part of that is being planned out by our latest business partner!
We first started Aroma nearly four years ago with some fantastic backing, but as the business has grown and changed, we’ve had the opportunity to welcome a new business partner to our midst. Thing is, it’s likely you already know who our mystery benefactor is…
If you’ve been in recently — and of course you have, you’re lovely like that — you might have seen our sleek rockstar barista Will with even more of a twinkle in his eye than usual.
That’s because he’s the new business partner at Aroma, making our coffee shop cocktail bar extravaganza all the better! We recently toasted to our shared success — Aroma is now Will’s, Tom’s and Mercedes’ enterprise, and there’s plenty more planning to do.
Don’t worry though — it’s nothing fusty and businesslike on your side. In fact, it’s only going to help us grow, improve and continue being one of the best independent bar cafes Norwich can offer!
It’s an ambition we hope to reach with your support and help, so make sure your 2018 is an Aroman one. And stay tuned — like we said, big news for our upstairs bar now Will’s here to add his spice to things…!
It’s pretty far away from the infinity December used to feel like when you were a kid. Either way though, we can’t help but still get excited about Christmas at Aroma, no matter how frenzied the season may get. It’s a fine time for free mulled wines and mince pies, as we’ve been cheerfully handing you on select Christmas evenings. It’s also a fine time for the snowman latte art to come back into style…
We’re excited for this evening — 23rd December, the veritable night before the night before Christmas. As is rapidly becoming our tradition, we’ve gathered our nearest and dearest for a cosy night in at Aroma. There’ll be snacks, Christmas films, pyjamas and silly jumpers aplenty, and we think it’s a wondrous way to wind down the year. And what a year it’s been!
As a business, as people and as a community we’ve grown so much, and none of it’s been possible without you. Big thanks to all of you who come in day by day making us laugh, making us think and making us make you some of the best coffee around!
But ho ho hold the phone there, friends, because we’ve got a quick update for you regarding our Christmas opening hours. We’re not about to leave you entirely out in the cold during the winter break, so here’s a quick rundown of what to expect in the next few days.
Christmas Eve: Closed for a Private Party (of the Mercedes’ Fiance Chris’s Birthday Variety)
Christmas Day: Closed — much as we know you wish you could come see us…
27th December – 30th December: Open 8:30AM to 2PM for you lovely lot!
New Years’ Eve: Closed.
New Year’s Day: Closed
2nd January onwards: Normal service resumes! Our doors are open to you from 7:30AM to 5PM every weekday.
In the meantime, we’re wishing you and your loved ones all the best for a much deserved break this festive season. We’re already excited about the year to come, and we can’t wait to share the stories of 2018 with you — through this blog, our social media and face to face.
Did you see those first tantalising flakes of snow sprinkle over Norwich like grated cheese on one of Will’s soups the other day?!
Massive excitement is the order of the day at Aroma, as we reflect on a sensational November. We’re happy to say the colder weather and longer nights did nothing to dampen your fun, and from private parties and black and red birthday shindigs to our own celebrations of close friends aplenty, there’s been a fantastic upbeat feel to things recently.
We’ve been super busy prepping plenty of surprises for the coming year, including our tickets-only Wine Tasting & Food Pairing, a first for 2018 come February.
But we’ve also kept the love going for our fabulous community. We said happy birthday to Tony, our writer in attendance, as well as Zsolt, our favourite Hungarian (don’t tell Erno Rubik, inventor of Tom’s favourite toy).
Yet as we saw, and as Mercedes got way too excited about, November rounded off with flurries of snow, like a tingly promise of what’s to come…
If November was enriched by celebration, December is of course the month for even more party spirit… with a few party spirits, if you know what we mean. Christmas bookings are taking off, but if you and your company have left it last minute, relax. There’s still a little time and plenty of room for you and yours, if you’re ready to book with us.
It’s the season of giving too, and so giving we indeed are! How does free mulled wine and mince pies sound?
That’s right, you lick your lips and rub your belly. We know what you like!
Our mulled wine and mince pies sessions fall on the 8th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December, between 5PM and 7PM. Proper tasty and deliciously warming!
Of course, we’re also welcoming new art and creativity to our floors in December. The esteemed and effusive Volta poetry movement, with its established performers and its available open-mic slots, is coming to Aroma for the first time on 14th December. While we’ve hosted poetry nights of our own before, we’re especially excited to see what this much beloved event can bring. Join us!
Christmas is also board games season, although you can leave those misty memories of angry Monopoly in the dust where they belong. Our Christmas board games night promises a much more giggly and tipsy affair, with a mix of classics and new modern favourites. If you’re not too fussed on making the Naughty List you can also try your hands at the more racy games making an appearance too…
Of course, the main event is Christmas itself, and after last year’s popular pyjama party, replete with drinks and Christmas films on the projector, we’re going bigger and better this year.
Confirm your attendance with us, and you’ll be part of our Secret Santa. Show up in either an ugly Christmas jumper or the festive jim-jams of your choice, and be a good sport and bring a little something for our festive buffet. We’ll provide the good times, good drinks and good company… we’re looking forward to seeing you! Will you be joining us this Christmas?
Whew! It’s been a pretty action-packed end of October for Aroma, but we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the events and accomplishments that have made us particularly proud!
Firstly, we’re delighted in updating those who haven’t already heard… that Aroma has won Norwich Cocktail Week 2017! The lovely folks responsible were kind enough to highlight not just our cocktail savvy, but also our friendly ambiance and plucky staff… all things of which we’re supremely proud.
Of course, we’d never have made it without the landslide votes we received from our beloved customers, so a massive thank you and shout out to you all!
We were fortunate enough to win a big old boatload of Bullards Gin to celebrate, and we shared our appreciation by offering free cocktails with lashings of the good stuff to those who booked tables with us on Friday 27th October. With live music in tow, it made for a great event!
Of course, these festivities were to mark Norwich Cocktail Week, but we also had a sensational Halloween. Taking our cues from the minds of C S Lewis, Walt Disney and Tim Burton, we put together a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party complete with teapots full of cocktails and a bunch more themed after the Seven Deadly Sins.
We were joined by friends in finest costume, and settled in for some live music, together with a birthday booking that made for an even more sensational evening of candlelight and camaraderie, out of the cold night.
We’re happy and humbled at how much the birthday girl and her entourage enjoyed their time with us in our little one-night Wonderland, to say nothing of the guests we embraced in our melting pot of teapots and top hats. “It was the absolute highlight of our night!” Hannah told us. “We’re going to make it our yearly tradition provided you promise to keep it going! We had so much fun!”
Guess we’re doing this next year then…!
Will How and Will Allen of The Heartbreak Club provided some sensational acoustic tuneage to complement proceedings!
We’ve got plenty more events lined up as November sets sail, but rest assured that if you’ve got a birthday, a stag gathering, a hen do or a leaving party planned, we might just be the venue for you. We’re always happy to welcome you in!
Aroma, as you and many other people nearly but not quite as cool as you know, is a coffee shop and cocktail bar in the centre of the City of Stories they call Norwich.
Yet ask anyone who’s visited (such as yourself, because you have, because you are, as aforementioned, cool) and they’ll also tell you it’s a beating heart of the local community. It’s where lovers take their dates, where nights out go for a twist of the unusual, where the Toasted Marshmallow Martini was invented and where board games, local bands, cheeky comedians and a fair few other hijinks ensue.
We take pride not only in bringing you the most flavoursome coffees, succulent soups, mighty milkshakes and creative cocktails around — but also in the friendships we form and the business alliances we put into motion.
That’s why we’ve decided to put our heads together and tell our story. Where we’ve come from, where we’re going and what we’re up to day by day.
You can expect more than updates on our events or latest secret cocktail recipes on this ol’ bloggeroonie, mind you. That’s because this is just as much about you as it is us — that’s the Aroma way, after all. We’ll be taking you along for the ride and so it’s only fair you have your say.
In the meantime, expect to be hearing from superstar entrepreneur siblings Mercedes and Tom, together with rockstar Will and artistic Teal, as we tell our tales and chronicle the whys and wherefores of the one and only Aroma in Norwich.
We’re sure you’ll agree there’s never been a cocktail bar and coffee shop quite like it….