A new cafe is cooking up a storm as it makes a name for itself in the heart of the community.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Wallsend MP Mary Glindon were the latest to visit Cafe Oxford to enjoy the home cooked meals and talk to owner Denise Marshall about her plans for the newly-opened business.
Based in the busy Oxford Centre in Longbenton, the cafe opened four weeks ago and is already establishing itself among local people as ‘the place to go’.
Denise said: “I provide catering services to lots of corporate clients in big businesses but I’ve always had a passion to open my own cafe serving a community like this.
“The Oxford Centre is perfect because it’s so busy with all the various services including the doctor’s, the library, the meeting rooms, the crèche and even people taking part in Zumba classes in need of revitalizing.
“There’s a tremendous buzz about the Cafe Oxford and I’m really delighted that we’re meeting the needs of customers of all ages as well as the staff who work within the centre – whether they want a full English breakfast, a snack, lunch or even afternoon tea we cater for everyone’s tastes and make sure they get a very warm welcome.”
Denise is determined to keep the cafe local so sources all her produce from farms, bakeries and meat suppliers in the area.
All the soup, scones, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot lunches are made on the premises by Denise and her manager and cook, Dawn McNaughton. She also employs a team of local residents to keep the cafe running smoothly.
Mrs Redfearn said: “Although it’s only been opened a short time we’ve heard so many good things about Cafe Oxford that Mary and I decided to pop along and try it for ourselves.
“Denise and her team make everyone feel so special; they are trying so hard to make everything perfect and have firmly established Cafe Oxford at the centre of this community.”
Mrs Glindon added: “The Oxford Centre is already well loved and a popular part of the local community, but this café adds another dimension to make it extra special.”