A Brief History of Suttons Coffee Shop

“A Brief History of Suttons Coffee Shop” – Amanda Mitchell


Suttons Stores was established in 1878 by the Sutton family.

It was originally a Provisions/Grocery Store run by several family members.

I recently spoke with Patrick Sutton. Patrick’s grandfather converted part of the Grocery Store into a Tea Shop in the 1960’s.

Around 1969/1970 the Store was sold to a Mr Wheatley where the Sutton sign remained and Mr Wheatley continued the Store as a Grocers and Coffee Shop.

Mr Wheatley sold the business to Matthew’s parents, Henry and Carol Mitchell, around 1980.  Both Matthew and I worked at Suttons during the 1980’s where Matthew then transferred to their other Coffee Shop, Nappers Mite, in Dorchester where he became the Chef.   I continued working for Carol and Henry until I started work full-time as a Secretary at Lloyds Bank in Weymouth in 1986.

In 1993 Matthew and I married and in April 2002 we purchased Suttons from Carol and Henry.

Suttons is very much a family-run business, not only from Matthew’s family but also my side of the family.  Over the years not only Carol and Henry have worked in the coffee shop, but also my mum (Wendy), my sister (Claire), my nephew (Ben) and currently we have our two sons (Harry and Billy) and also my nephew (Sam) working.  Our daughter (Eleanor) is also due to start working this year.  Matthew’s two brothers (James and Daniel) also help with any plumbing or carpentry jobs.

We are extremely grateful for all the help and support our entire family give to us.

We believe that Suttons is the oldest family-run Coffee Shop in Weymouth and it is our hope that Suttons will continue to be a Coffee Shop, serving Weymouth and the surrounding areas, and also our customers who come back to see us every year when they are on holiday, for many years to come.

Suttons has been our “baby” for the past 16 years, where we hope that one of our children will eventually take over the business.  We have expanded the menu, updated the entire shop and hope that you embrace the latest refurbishment.  Ultimately though, Suttons will always remain about personal service, home-made food and our bespoke Suttons Blend Coffee.

“Happiness is Home-made.”