New owner of village’s only tea room pleased to preserve ‘important’ meeting place

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 August 2018

Left to right, Ben Lawes, Katie Quick, Susannah Quick and Chris Quick. Picture: contributed

Left to right, Ben Lawes, Katie Quick, Susannah Quick and Chris Quick. Picture: contributed


Lympstone’s only tea room is under new management and the family taking it on have expressed pleasure at preserving it for the local community.

Left to right, Ben Lawes, Susannah Quick, Katie Quick and Chris Quick. Picture: contributedLeft to right, Ben Lawes, Susannah Quick, Katie Quick and Chris Quick. Picture: contributed

Susannah’s Tea Room, on the Strand, opened its doors to the public on July 4, and since then locals and tourists alike have welcomed the new business.

Now the only cafe in the village, its new owners say they are pleased to be able to maintain it as a place for the people to meet and socialist in Lympstone.

Having worked in catering for many years, owning her own tea room is a first for Susannah Quick. But far from braving it alone she has enlisted the help of her whole family in coping with a ‘busier than expected’ first fortnight at the new business.

Her daughter, Katie Quick, said: “It is very daunting and very scary, but everyone has been so nice in Lympstone, wanting to help and support the business.

“Everyone wants a cafe to go to and are just so happy that it’s open and that it’s open all the time.”

And it has been ‘all hands on deck’, with Katie’s brother, Chris Quick, helping with marketing the tea room and her partner, Ben Lawes, assisting with renovations and serving customers. Katie has a full-time job, but has been helping in the cafe in the evenings after work.

Katie believes the fact theirs is the only remaining tea room in Lympstone, means preserving it is even more important. In the past there were two, but the other one closed down when its owner died and is now being developed, making Susannah’s the sole cafe.

“It’s just a little tea room, selling quintessentially English cream teas and afternoon teas,” Katie added.

“It is important for the local community; it’s nice to keep the local it going, because it’s a meeting place as well.”

Situated near to the coastal trail, the establishment attracts the passing trade of many walkers and business has so far been bustling, with the Quick family enjoying the mix of locals and tourists who have come in for a cup of tea or something to eat.

Katie said: “We just want to continue to build the business and make it a success. Mum is enjoying it because it’s nice getting to do your own thing and it’s exciting to use your own ideas.”

Susannah’s Tea Room, on The Strand, is open seven days a week, from 9am until 5pm.

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