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Happy Birthday to The Nook

It’s a year since The Nook, the community-hub cafe in Swavesey, first opened its doors.

As well as selling coffee, cakes and signature savouries - notably the seasonal-special paninis and perennially popular bacon rolls - it’s also known for stocking lovely, largely locally sourced, gifts. Plus it plays a real part in the life of the village, running everything from charity fundraisers to a cashback scheme for parents and pupils at Swavesey Primary (20p from every drink sold goes towards the school’s laptop fund).

Housed in a Grade II listed former Post Office which, when owners Mike and Steph Griggs took it on didn’t even have running water, The Nook is now fitted out in contemporary-country style. The first year has, says Mike, been “amazing”: “We see some people every day for a coffee and some of them have become good friends as well, which is lovely.”

To mark the business’s first birthday, the Griggs have given the cafe a fresh lick of paint, expanded the menu to include extra veggie options and introduced a handmade gifts area, where local artists and crafters can show and sell their wares.

Adds Mike: “We always said, at the start, that we wouldn’t let it get stale. There’s nothing worse than going somewhere and it’s uninteresting and boring. We don’t do standing still!”

Open 8am–4pm weekdays, 10am–4pm Saturdays and 10am–2pm Sundays,

The Nook is at Market Square, Swavesey. Follow @the_nook_swavesey on Instagram and @thenookswavesey on Facebook.

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