AS The Old Stables’ first birthday approaches, the Horncastle Coffee House has more than one reason to celebrate.
The Old Stables was awarded a Taste of Lincolnshire Award just eight weeks after opening, and owners Jonathan and Chris found out last month they are through to the East Midlands Food and Drink Awards final.
Committed to serving locally sourced, honest food the owners are delighted with their success.
Jonathan said: “Chris owned a business in Skegness, and we decided we wanted to do something different.
“We wanted to put on quality food in nice surroundings.
“We’re so pleased with reaching the final of the Food and Drink Awards.
“It’s for people who go over and above the extra mile.
“It’s also publically nominated, so to have customers do that for us is absolutely fantastic.”
The building is set back from the Market Place under the arch of the Horncastle Farmer’s Club, and Jonathan and Chris are planning the building’s second extension.
“We looked for six months before buying this place, and we put in for planning permission to turn it into the coffee lounge because it used to be a house.
“We had planned on our upstairs being overspill, but it has been full top and bottom.
“Soon we’ll be expanding the downstairs space so we’ll be able to hold 80 people.
“Sometimes we think this has all happened so fast, but we’ve not had the time to sit down and take it in.
“We thought it would be about two years down the line until we reach this point.
“It’s down to the team and our friends and family.”
Jonathan added that the majority of products on sale are homemade, including cakes made by Chris’ 72-year-old mum.
“Granny, as we call her, makes 20-25 cakes a week for us,” Jonathan added. “We wanted to do as much as we can ourselves. We don’t try and fake anything.
“We serve good quality products, and that’s what we wanted.”