Oxon, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 15, 2011 -- Following an initial meeting, we have managed to create a menu, design and concept and developed the cafe through to opening inside 4 months! Working closely with the owner, Mark Winchester, catering consultant, Salim Sajid developed a real understanding of what was required and came up with a menu that reflected the needs of the local customers.
"I wanted to ensure that we were sourcing local, quality ingredients and developing dishes that were what local customers wanted. The menu needed to appeal to the retired keen gardeners as well as the "ladies that lunch" so freshness, colour and real flavour are all important as well as excellent value for money" said Salim, who also help recruit the senior management team for the cafe "Mark has a real vision for the garden centre and see the cafe as being the catalyst for making this become a reality."
As part of the brief, Blueberry Catering Consultants also developed the interior look of the cafe, which is light, airy and fresh but still retains a warmth and comfort. This was achieved through the use of soft wood, hand painted finishes and soft fabrics for flooring, furniture and wallpapers. Overall the contemporary feel of the cafe will give a real lift to the whole garden centre, which will benefit from new customers.
"We've created three very distinct areas and I'm sure customers will quickly settle on a favourite place to sit. It will be essential that the team now get used to the space and the layout quickly so that the customer experiences excellent customer service and a great dining experience" said Salim, who was also involved in the development of the pioneering Beckworth Emporium as well as the hugely successful Haskins restaurant in Ferndown, "my intention will be to support Mark and his team through the opening period, helping them put controls and standards in place that will not be compromised and will develop a strong reputation in the area."
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