Lauren Down, six years old and a regular customer with her family at Rumwell Farm Shop, officially opened its new café. Lauren was invited to cut the ribbon to honour her bravery in battling leukemia.
Anne Mitchell, Co-Owner of the farm shop, said: “We’re delighted that Lauren was able to help us open our brand new café. She was our VIP for the day and arrived in a retro car and was given a complimentary lunch as well as a hamper with lots of goodies in to take away.
“Lauren is a regular at the farm shop with her family and we were glad we could do something to spoil her. She has been through so much having been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in November 2013.
“As well as our star Lauren we had local dignitaries attend to help us celebrate such as Wellington Town Mayor, Councillor David Mitton, Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Dave Durdan and his wife, Mayoress Renee Durdan. Rebecca Pow, the new MP for Taunton Deane, as well as friends and family who also came along to wish us well.”
The café covers 220 square metres and is able to seat approximately 80 people. The food prepared in the café kitchen will be sourced from the farm shop, the Mitchell family farm, which is just four miles away, and regional suppliers.
Anne added: “We aim to use fresh, local produce that is in season as much as we can. Families are also welcome to the café and there is a menu especially for children. We also serve afternoon teas, carvery on a Sunday and are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. There is a lovely view too from the café of our orchard.”