Toasting success with a cuppa – how two friends created a bustling business on Moreton Hall

Feature of the Coffee House''Pictured: Lucy Newell and Jessica Darnell

Feature of the Coffee House''Pictured: Lucy Newell and Jessica Darnell

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Friends Lucy Newell and Jessica Darnell could be forgiven for toasting their success with something a little stronger than a cuppa.

In a little under two years they have established a bustling award winning coffee shop.

The duo who both live in Bury St Edmunds, had both worked for coffee chains in the town.

The decided to go into business together and opened The Coffee House in Lawsons Place, Moreton Hall in November 2010 – and the girls have not looked back.

“It has gone really well. We have just gradually got busier and better,” said Lucy.

“We have got a really strong loyal customer base.

“Everything we do here is home made and we are always adding to our menu.

“We just recently added scotch eggs and they are going down really well.”

The girls were celebrating last month after the were named independent retailer of the year in our inaugural Bury Free Press business awards, held at The Apex.

“It has been really overwhelming.

“The award was a huge thing for me and Jess bevause it was out customers who voted for us – they really got behind us.

“It was such a nice feeling to know we are doing something right,” Lucy said.

The Coffee House has quickly established itself as part of the community, whether it is selling honey from Moreton Hall Prep School, running a lunch club or providing a sandwich platter for one of the Sebert Wood Primary School.

And The Coffee House itself has become a venue to hire, having recently hosted both a Christening and a birthday.

“One area of the business we are looking to further develop is outside catering – we would lke to do more of that,” said Lucy.

Staff at The Coffee House have been ‘pinking it up’ dressing up for October in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Suffolk, while they also took part in the Towergate Accumulator Challenge for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

And they will be holding a Christmas shopping craft evening from 6.45pm on November 18, with proceeds to the hospice.

The Coffee House, which is open seven days a week, is our first independent retailer of the month, as part of a new section for our revamped business news pages.