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Tuesday, 09 February 2016

How to succeed in a busy café market

A few minutes walk from the view in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria that John Ruskin described as ‘one of the loveliest in England, therefore in the world’, is The crossing point café. It’s owned and run by John Strange, former restaurant manager at Rogan and Company in Cartmel (sister restaurant to Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume) and his wife Renata. Popping in to the café yesterday after delivering a pile of Dymond Guide books to nearby Parma Violet, I could see why The crossing point (lower case deliberate) stands out in a busy café market. OK, lots of places do local sourcing of produce but here it extends to using salad stuff and vegetables which are grown in neighbouring gardens. Added to that is a choice of 15 loose leaf teas, Carvetii coffee from near Cockermouth, homemade cakes and scones, a gin and tonic menu, a range of Cuban cigars to buy, monthly supper evenings and a very small wine shop, with few bottles over £10. All in all, a café.... and then some.

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