Helmsley Cafe goes grande with extension
Crema Coffee House fully reopens after taking over No 2 Borogate
Press release August 2015
cafe, Crema Coffee House, is unveiling its extension next week, which sees it
double in size.
Crema took over
the lease on the building next door to its original Borogate location last
October, and has now finished converting the two into one large premises. The
building was previously a hairdressers, but multiple changes have had to be
made to both buildings. Archways have
been put in either side of the groundfloor passageway that connected Nos 2 and
3 Borogate, along with a linking archway on the first floor.
expansion means the cafe will be double its original size, now seating up to 60
diners and allowing the business to cater for larger parties. Crema now also
has a bigger kitchen and a hot food license, so will be launching an extended
menu to provide a wider selection of warming meals in winter.
Crema for three years, when the lease next door became available owner Rachel Harrison
felt it was too good an opportunity to let pass. In 2012 she made a career
change, taking voluntary redundancy from a 17-year role in accountancy at York
Council, having always wanted to run her own cafe and having fallen in love
with the town of Helmsley as a child.
“The cafe was doing really well, and we had such a loyal and established
customer base, that it seemed like the time was right to take the plunge and
grow! The renovations took some time, as there was a lot of work needed to be
done, including quite a few changes to the original Crema layout. Our kitchen
has been moved downstairs and is now much bigger than before, and we have a
dedicated coffee preparation area which will mean customers can now watch their
drinks being made. All the work has been done by local tradesmen, who I
have known for many years, and my very talented dad has done all the joinery
and decorating work. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without him, so would
like to say a big thank you.
expansion gives me many more opportunities for the future so the business will definitely
keep evolving, but we will continue to concentrate on our core strengths of
fabulous Pumphreys coffee, delicious freshly prepared food, home baking and
friendly service. You’ll always receive a warm Yorkshire welcome and we look
forward to showing people round the new and improved Crema!”