The Crimson Tree

With the success of the current Café, bar and kitchen, The Crimson Tree plans to expand by opening a new wine and cocktail bar.

What started as a childhood dream to own her own business, is now a reality for Shaima Swift, owner of The Crimson Tree, as the seven-day-a-week cafe requires her to employ over 30 members of staff.

Moving into the current premises on Mansfield Road two and a half years ago, Shaima said: “My feet haven’t touched the ground since.”

“Our ethos here is to make everything from scratch. it’s because of this and the fact we have a fabulous team, why I truly believe we are so busy.”


A member of the team at The Crimson Tree

The new bar is going to be located just across the road from the Crimson Tree Cafe and is set to open its doors December 1st.

Experimenting with the style of the decor in her new project, Shaima said: “My plan is to make different areas within the bar so as you walk through you’ll experience lots of completely different themes.”

But it hasn’t been an easy journey for the former Fire Brigade control room member, as she revealed the business has been burgled five times, as well as having a large fire in February this year.

Shaima said: “We have had a few setbacks along the way and there’s been days when I’ve just thought I want to give up.”

However, Shaima says it is down to “overwhelming support” from the local community that has meant she has had no choice but to carry on.

First opening in 2012, the business has remained popular with local residents and has also been nominated for ‘Best independent Neighbourhood venue’ at Nottingham Restaurant and bar awards 2018.