Our regular Thursday jaunt took us to somewhere different today: Company B at Longhoughton…..and what a little gem it is!
We got got a very warm welcome and were found a table among a crowd of children and parents that were filling what is quite a small space. (I’d forgotten it was school half term holidays). All the children were so polite and well-behaved……it appeared that everyone knew everyone else, including the lady running the cafe. We had walked into what appears to be the heart of the village!
There was a good selection of home made cakes (no scones today) but we decided to ring the changes and opted for crumpets and coffee – all very nice and extremely reasonably priced (a fraction of the cost of many of our Thursday snack outings). They also serve breakfasts, soup, hot and cold sandwiches, baked potatoes and there’s a decent children’s menu too. I noticed other things for sale too – preserves and chutneys and hand crafted jewellery and other items.
I just loved the way that everyone was made to feel so at home – the parents chatted away; the children were all very chilled – some were making use of a basket of toys and books; Another regular customer, an elderly man, enjoyed soup and a cuppa. There is such a great sense of community in this little cafe. I think it’s dog friendly too.
I’ve since looked on the Facebook page and found that the dynamic cafe owner, Charlotte, also makes celebration cakes and has even run children’s cookery classes in the summer holidays and “Breakfast with Santa” at Christmas. There are a lot of young families in the village: married quarters for nearby RAF Boulmer are situated here. Charlotte also told us about the regular pensioners lunches – a 3 course hot meal for only £8 (I think that was the price).
What a lovely change it was from some of the other places we have visited that seem to cater more for tourists than locals. Well done, Company B – you know and love your community and serve them well.
As we left I noticed the rather unusual planters in the cafe garden and they made me smile..
Where is the heart of your community?