They are passionate about tea shops and ran a tea trailer up in beautiful, but sometimes cold Gisburn Forest, Lancashire. They bought an old trailer off Ebay, fitted it up as a mobile kitchen and towed it up to the forest. There they served hungry bikers and walkers tea in tea pots, all with a tea-cosy of course, delicious cakes and really good bacon butties.
This was a great success and the pair worked up there every weekend for nine months, until the actual café reopened. It was good timing really, as Jenny had a baby soon after this. Baby Grace is nine months old now and so, in the beginning, Emma will be running the café day to day, with creative involvement and baking from Jenny.
“We are so excited about starting this project and want to share our ideas for the café, so that everybody knows what is going on. We want to create a warm, bright, sociable space where everybody feels welcome, with fairy lights, a log burner and bunting; a place where you can come and meet people, play Scrabble, sit alone, read a newspaper, feel at home. There will be a cycling theme to compliment Gearing Up, and the furniture and most of the décor will have been created by the very talented people within the Brickworks, making the café a real team project. We will be serving hot and cold drinks and cakes, as well as hearty food for hungry people, such as soups, chillis, potatoes and hot sandwiches.
The café will be open to the public and we hope to encourage new groups to use our space for their meetings, as well as welcoming pre-existing groups to the new café. We hope to engage local businesses and residents to come and support this new venture, as well as being a central hub for the staff and volunteers of the Brick itself.
We are really looking forward to this new project and can’t wait to welcome you through the doors.“