Our good friends at Cryer & Stott have moved, still maintaining their wholesale operations and have opened a shop in Allerton Bywater, near Castleford. I was there for their very first day, their ‘soft’ opening. Everything was happening! It also attracted a lot of interest from local people who ventured in and had a free coffee on the house.
It has been beautifully designed, with light wood floors, a bakery section, veggies, a butcher’s counter with their own ‘home made’ sausages and burgers and a cooked meat counter along with shelves of dry goods and tasty looking tray bakes. There’s also a seating area for weary passersby to gather and have a chat and a good cup of coffee and some giant tables and chairs to perch on too.
There are two cheese counters, one for blue and the other for many local varieties, including Ribblesdale Cheese.
The place has been styled on strong family values; the incredibly enthusiastic team come over as being like family and there are pictures of Richard, the owner’s grandfather and great grandfather on the walls. His grandfather who lived nearby left school at 14 and his greatest achievement was listed on his school leaving certificate: can ride a bicycle.
There is something for everyone here, whether it is a mum and toddler group having a cup of coffee, a family picking up some meat and veg or stocking up on cheese. It was nice to see that so much of the produce was locally sourced, again, something I know that is
close to Richard’s values.
Richard hopes to have a licence in the next 10 days or so and there is a mini parked inside with
space for carrying beer and wine – marvellous idea!
Richard, Jemma, Jason, Debbie and the rest of the gang, we wish you all the success in the world – you’ve done a fantastic job.