After a short walk in the blustery autumn wind, I arrive in front of The Coffee House. On this dull afternoon the warm glow behind the window invites me in out of the cold, and I am greeted with huge smiles from owners Kirsty and Jay. An easy-going atmosphere surrounds me, and for such a quaint location on the historic High Street, it feels surprisingly spacious.
This couple radiate warmth, and you can’t help but smile when chatting to them. Kirsty has always been in hospitality and tells me she has always wanted her own business. Although Jay didn’t have experience, with the support of his partner, he took the plunge.
They opened on the 20th of August and Kirsty tells me it was very daunting. “Everything that could go wrong, went wrong!” she chuckles, “I had to keep Jay grounded because he was nervous.” This opens to a touching moment where Jay shares how it felt for him to delve into a completely new industry. “If it wasn’t for Kirsty supporting me and backing me, I’d have just given up. It’s all down to her, she’s like my backbone to be honest.” This support and care permeates into every aspect of their work.
This family friendly coffee shop is also dog friendly, and they already have many four-legged regulars who come for their weekly puppuchino. Alongside this, they offer afternoon teas and buffets, and recently shared their Christmas menu on their socials which has already had a great response.
At the start of October, they hosted a Ladies Night welcoming 25 ladies to shop, make friends and enjoy a few glasses of fizz – they tell me the evening was a great success, even if Jay was outnumbered! Event nights are something the couple will regularly host, with the themes changing throughout the seasons. At the end of October, they will be hosting their first ever Halloween event and are looking forward to welcoming children from across the village.
Their menu is eclectic, with an impressive variety of hot and cold drinks. This place screams indulgence and with only a quick glance at their menu I see an abundance of sweet treats in the form of milkshakes, waffles, cakes, cheesecakes and hot chocolates.
Alongside these sweet treats they also stock grab and go food like sandwiches and pasties, and hope to soon introduce hot food like jacket potatoes and homemade soups – but they want to make it clear that they are a coffee shop and not a café, so they won’t be doing fry ups any time soon, so think light bites and sweet treats.
As I finish my coffee, a woman has made her way to the counter to pay. Kirsty slips effortlessly into her role and proceeds to work the till. During this point Jay jokes to me that this is her domain, to which the customer mocks by asking if he isn’t capable of pressing a few buttons; Kirsty quickly replies that he definitely knows how to push her buttons and what follows can only be described as infectious laughter. This encounter really embodies everything I saw from my visit – a couple who genuinely care about their customers and community, who will make every customer feel like an old friend, and who are excited for what the future holds for their coffee shop within the heart of Waddington village.
If you would like to see for yourself, The Coffee House is located on the High Street and is open between 9am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok by searching for The Coffee House Waddington.
Alana Lloyd – Jex