New café proving to be a recipe for success

Charlotte Boulter, with her parents Debbie and Phil.
Charlotte Boulter, with her parents Debbie and Phil.

A former post office has been transformed into a family-run café and the owners are hoping to put their stamp on the place and deliver the goods.

Charlotte Boulter, from Longhoughton, has opened Company B in the village – helping to bring the building back into use.

A former head chef, Charlotte is using her experience to make tasty and fresh products on site, using local ingredients.

The eatery offers a range of treats, including snacks, baps and baguettes, jacket potatoes, soup and drinks. There is also a breakfast offer and a menu for little ones.

Cakes served up so far include lemon poppy-seed with a gin and tonic frosting, a Victoria sandwich, vanilla cake and chocolate cake.

Customers can choose to sit in or take-away.

Charlotte is being helped by her parents, Debbie and Phil, and she also received support from extended-family members Mick and Stuart.

Company B opened about three weeks ago and it is already proving to be a recipe for success.

Charlotte said: “It is a real family venture and we decided to take a leap of faith and open the café.

“I felt like the village needed this sort of thing and it has gone really well so far and the response has been fantastic and really positive. I wasn’t quite expecting it to take off as it has done.”

A true family affair, even the café’s name is inspired by Charlotte’s loved ones.

She said: “Company B is in the lyrics of a song sung by The Andrews Sisters and my sisters and I always sing it when we are together, so that’s why I decided to name the café Company B.”

Company B is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm; Saturday, 9am to 4pm; and Sunday, 9am to 1pm. Visit the Company B Facebook page.