New café is a dream come true

New cafe on St Johns Street in Bury.   Barbera Krys and Lucas Wojtowicz.
New cafe on St Johns Street in Bury. Barbera Krys and Lucas Wojtowicz.
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A YOUNG couple who opened a coffee shop last week say they hope will serve as a meeting place for the Bury St Edmunds community.

Since meeting a decade ago, Lucas Wojtowicz, 31, and fiance Barbara Krys, 28, say they have shared the dream of one day owning their own café.

Now they have taken the plunge and opened The Coffee House, in St John’s Street.

“It’s a place for conversation, somewhere with a quiet ambience,” said Barbara.

Serving home-made Polish and English cakes, the new café is full of character and offers its customers a warm personal service.

Its friendly owners do not drive, something that has influenced its locally-sourced menu, with breakfasts and other savoury foods likely to be introduced in the weeks ahead.

The café’s interior has been fitted using furniture from charity shops in St John’s Street, with curtains handmade by Barbara.

“We try to support as many local businesses as we can,” she said.

The ambitious duo, who live in Northgate Street, Bury, worked in the catering and hospitality industry before moving to England from Poland three years ago.

“The coffee shop has always been our dream, its a nice meeting place for the community,” said Barbara.

“We’ve already had a nice response from Polish people and are thinking of playing Polish music on Sundays after 2pm.”

Already making its mark on St John’s Street, The Coffee House has teamed up with St Andrew’s Bookshop to offer a monthly Christian book club, starting on April 4.

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