the cafe next door opened its doors on 1st of April 2017.
an amalgamation of ideas from our next door interiors showroom 'barkers interiors'. with tremendous input from Stuart our enthusiastic chef and equally enthusiastic Helen at front of house. they both immediately took on board our vision for the cafe and helped turn it in to a reality.
we wanted to create a fresh and inviting space in which customers could relax and enjoy the very best coffee and freshly prepared food and cakes. we were so pleased that the teams efforts were rewarded in the 2017 Leicestershire Tourism and hospitality awards, where the cafe came highly commended in the 'best front of house' category and the winner of the 'outstanding afternoon tea' category.
we would like to thank all our customers to date for your repeat visits and lovely comments. we love the end results and hope you do too.
2018 promises to be equally exciting, were just getting started!
Update Jan 2020
The fact that it’s taken us this long to update this part of the website is a testament to how the last two years has been at the cafe, a whirlwind!! It's hard to believe that this April we will celebrate our third birthday. it feels like yesterday we were manically organising shelves and finalising menus for our opening.
In the past few years we’ve welcomed what are now integral members to our team and also said farewell to familiar faces, we’re proud to say that our core values still remain the same. We will always be your friendly local village cafe and you will always be greeted by happy smiling faces and receive relaxed yet attentive service.
In 2018 we retained our ‘Best Afternoon tea’ award at the Leicestershire hospitality and tourism awards, which was a great boost for the team and recognition of the hard work throughout the year building and refining from the previous years win. Also to boot we were ‘highly commended’ For our breakfast.
Building on last years momentum we managed to capture ‘Best Leicestershire Breakfast’ at the 2019 awards. Again a testament to the hard work from all of our team throughout the year. We were again commended for our afternoon tea.
Last year we were delighted to attain our liquor licence, so we now have a selection of wines, beers and prosecco available daily. Which can be a perfect addition to any celebration. We also offer a prosecco version of our Afternoon tea.
We now celebrate each weekend with our ‘Weekend waffles @ The Cafe Next Door’ offering a selection of homemade Belgian waffles, our most popular being the caramelised banana and Nutella. Definitely worth coming to try if you haven’t already!
Again we’d like to thank our growing band of ‘regulars’ who come to visit us day in and day out. We wouldn’t still be here without your continued support so thank you.
Time for 2020 vision….
Happy New Year all