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Foundations of a Coffee Shop Course

By Tracie Daly at Waterman House Cookery School, Belfast

Wednesday September 20th, 2023

Join us at Waterman House Cookery School to improve your culinary skills and to maximise profit in your proposed or current business setup.

Waterman House Cookery School, Hill Street, Belfast, UK

£150.00 per person

5hr- intensive demo and theory session

Course Content:

  • Business Plan – strong foundations will grow a business

  • Purpose/ Mission/ Values/ Goals Coffee – why the Art of Coffee Matters My winning strategy explained

  • Menu planning, kitchen design, and equipment needs

  • Menu engineering

  • Menu costing – GP margins and cash contribution

  • KPI’s

  • Demo – bread, soups, scones, and preserves

  • Café owner roles uncovered

  • Marketing and its integral role

  • Why money talks! Charge more than you think!


Waterman House is owned and run by the very talented Niall McKenna.

Niall has been working in Belfast since 2000 when he returned home after working with Gary Rhodes, The Firmdale Hotel Group alongside Nico Landesis and Marco Pierre White.

With a passion and expert knowledge of food, Niall opened his first restaurant- James Street South in 2003. Niall and his brilliant team, won awards and plaudits not just for his food,  menus, and service, but for his expertly refurbished dining room designed by Aidan McGrath, alongside outstanding contemporary Irish Art.

Niall’s support for local produce since 2003 has enabled a strong message that local Northern Irish produce is not only second to none but one of the most sustainable actions all of us can make, which is buying local. 

In 2011 Niall opened a more casual dining experience with the Bar + Grill at James Street South, enabling both restaurants to deliver great food to a wider audience. Private Dining rooms and a Cookery School were opened in the same year on the first and second floors of the new restaurant.

In 2013 Hadskis was opened in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter followed by Cast and Crew in Titanic Quarter. Both restaurants delivered great food one with a European flair, countertop service and the latter more a get-up-and-go place. Both have since closed. In 2018 with the increase in tourism Niall remodeled his James Street South premises into one restaurant with private dining rooms, on the ground floor and first floor, calling it James St.

Since 2019 Niall has embarked on his biggest project to date which is Waterman House, incorporating a Cookery School, Events spaces, and tasting rooms alongside a restaurant.

In 2014 Niall launched his own Chef Apprenticeship scheme, dedicating time, energy, and passion to pass on his knowledge and skills to a new generation of future cooks.

Niall has won numerous awards over the years for his cooking, the restaurants and has a natural ability to showcase the best of cooking using local, seasonal ingredients. 

Niall is a Tourism Hero and has an honorary diploma from Belfast Metropolitan College and has been visiting professorship from Belfast University of Ulster since 2017.

Niall has been featured in many local Television programs from Great British Menu, winning the opportunity to cook for Prince Charles and Camilla, alongside a weekly recipe column in The Irish News. 

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