The new owners of a Market Drayton cafe have revealed ambitious expansion plans to attract new customers.
Jannine Rogers and Stan Martin took over the Buttercross Tea Room in Cheshire Street last month and plan to retain the traditional English tea room downstairs, while creating a more contemporary coffee shop upstairs.
Jannine, aged 44 and originally from Surrey, previously worked in the hotel and recruitment industry while Stan, 47, from Essex, managed youth hostels in England and Wales for more than 20 years.
Jannine said: “We saw that it was up for sale on the internet, loved it and came to see it for the first time last August.
“There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but we’d set our hearts on it and the location was absolutely perfect.
“We visited Market Drayton again, went to the market several times and saw the potential of the tea room.
“We bought the tea room towards the end of November and shut for a week just to make some changes and put our mark on it.
The new owners have created a menu of breakfast, lunch and children’s meals for under £5, as well as hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and salads.
They also hope to start a parent-toddler group and make the tea room available to clubs and societies in the town.
Jannine said: “Market Drayton is a very friendly town.
“The people who’ve come in have been so friendly and encouraging, wishing us luck and becoming regular customers which is nice.
“We’ve also been in contact with a few societies and we’re building a relationship with them.
“People have even been coming in from Shrewsbury and Telford because they like the traditional tea room and they’re saying to us ‘don’t change it.’”
Jannine added she was keen to hear people’s ideas and suggestions so that the tea room could offer exactly what customers wanted. aren’t doing anything about this.”