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‘I taught in a private school in England before building a cafe empire’: Bob & Berts co-owner Colin McClean proud to showcase NI customs

Owning an upmarket clothes shop in Leeds is also on Colin McClean’s CV as well as growing his coffee shop business, where rising costs are pushing up prices of delicacies like croissants, writes Margaret Canning​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Colin McClean outside one of his Bob & Berts coffee shops

Colin McClean outside one of his Bob & Berts coffee shops

Colin McClean outside one of his Bob & Berts coffee shops

It could be Northern Ireland’s retort to the divisive English practice of serving baked beans with a fry.

But Bob & Berts co-owner Colin McClean is really proud of exporting Northern Ireland customs like pancakes with a fry into branches of the cafe in Great Britain.


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