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New Moor Park cafe prepares for winter after successful summer launch

Posted on - 26th September, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Moor Park, Parks, Preston News
Kelly Turner - owner of Rosemary on the Park
Kelly Turner is enjoying her new role as owner of Rosemary on the Park

Nordic walkers, buggy fit parents and canine friends are among the customers enjoying Moor Park‘s new cafe.

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Rosemary on the Park, which opened in June, is owned by Kelly Turner.

Kelly said: “We’ve had a quieter couple of weeks what with the schools being back and the weather changing, but overall it’s been a fantastic few months.

“We’re already getting lots of regular customers. The Nordic walkers come in every week, and parents come for drinks after doing buggy fit. I’m friendly with a lot of the dog walkers and it’s becoming a really nice doggie place. Local care homes bring residents in, as do schools with their special education kids.

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“There’s a real mixture of ages and people, and everyone is so nice. One lady took some of my menus and laminated them as a surprise, and another gave me apples for my chutneys. One of my regulars even offered to wash up when I had an unexpectedly busy day – of course I didn’t let her, but that goes to show how lovely it is here.”

After working in the importing and exporting sector for the past 15 years, Kelly is enjoying her new role as cafe owner and chef.

“The cafe is named after my Mum, Rosemary. We lost Mum in January 2015 and our brother, Daryl, five months later.  I always wanted a small cafe, as I love to cook and feed people. The loss of my Mum and brother made me realise that life is too short, and sometimes you just have to go for it – so I did.

“Now I’m enjoying coming in each week and deciding what to make. Everything is homemade, from cooked ham to chutney, granola to Caesar dressing. The thyme and mushroom on toast is really popular, as are the made-to-order vegan mug cakes.

Ploughman's Lunch at Rosemary on the Park
Ploughman’s Lunch at Rosemary on the Park

“We have a ‘little ones’ lunch box, which is in the shape of a dog’s head and is named after our dog Wesley, who we recently lost aged 15.

“We only have a small kitchen but we cater for different requirements, including vegan and gluten-free diets. Our customers are pleasantly surprised at the size and range of what we offer.”

Now that summer is over the cafe is opening Tuesday to Sunday. Kelly is planning to spend Mondays away from the cafe working on marketing and promotion.

Kelly said: “I’ve got a lot of ideas, but with being successful through summer I haven’t been able to put them into practice. In the next month or two I’ll look at making evening meals for people to take home with them. I’m also planning to start doing Sunday lunches, possibly pre-booked.

Doris at Rosemary on the Park
One of the cafe’s doggie fans, Doris

“We’ve had some issues with the phone line so when that’s sorted I’ll promote the number so workers can pre-order their lunches to eat in or take away. We’re holding a christening party for one of our customers, and will do more to promote hiring the cafe out, either a few tables at a time or the whole place.

“I wouldn’t be able to do all this with my ‘Team Rosemary’ – Cassie, Ange, Grace, Charlotte, Chloe, and my partner Paul, who supports and helps me every weekend. They are great and I am really happy to have found such a good team.”

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You can follow Rosemary on the Park on Facebook or contact them at rosemaryonthepark@outlook.com.

Have you visited Rosemary on the Park? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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