Teenagers tee off venture

Bronwen Stout and Emma Watson in The Hutt at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club.
Bronwen Stout and Emma Watson in The Hutt at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club.

Two teenagers have teed off a new business venture, transforming a disused hut at a north Northumberland golf course into a mini cafe.

Bronwen Stout and Emma Watson, both 16, self-funded the revamp of the structure at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club – and their idea is proving a success.

The shed, built in the 1940s, had been used for a number of purposes, such as storage and to take green fees.

However, it had become surplus to requirements and had stood empty for a number of years.

Until now: The girls drew up their own business plan to bring the structure back into use. And their refreshment venture is proving a hit.

Emma, from Chatton, said: “We had both finished our GCSEs and we were looking for work and needed some money.

“The hut was standing empty so we thought it would be a good opportunity to turn it into a place where we could sell ice-creams and refreshments.”

The girls call their venture The Hutt – which like the golfing term putt has two Ts.

Bronwen, from Bamburgh, admitted the building needed some work before opening the doors to the public.

She said: “It needed a really good clean. We put in some new features and painted it.”

The girls sell items such as hot drinks and home-made soup.

Keeping it local is at the heart of their venture, stocking products from Heatherslaw Bakery, as well as Pumphrey’s Coffee and Morwick Dairy Ice Cream.

The girls were open for business during the school summer holidays and following the successful period they have decided to keep the venture going.

The premises, located by the clubhouse, will be open every Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Bronwen is currently studying contemporary ballet at Gateshead College while Emma is a sixth former at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School.

Karen Stout, caterer at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, said: “The Hutt has proved popular with walkers and the club members are pleased it is open and being used again.”