A new cafe has opened on Filwood Broadway this month run by a local family – specialising in milk shakes and “real coffee”.
Filwood Park Coffee House and Confectionary also sells old fashioned style sweets in jars from pear drops to lemon bon bons and its ice creams have proved a best seller – even in the recent cold weather.
Owned by Knowle Wester Robin Cornick it’s very much a family enterprise with daughters Kerrie and Lisa and wife Debra all working there.
Robin says: “I used to have a café up in Broadwalk 12 years ago and I could have gone back there but my heart ruled my head…
“We’ve come back here because we want the Broadway to take off. I remember when you had two cafes here, two supermarkets, a cinema and a butchers.
“It’s been open a week and been hard work but the community has been loyal, buying coffee to support us.”
He says popular times are breakfast – when they supply bacon baguettes, lunch times when people can have a toasted sandwich or panini and after school when the shop is full of children wanting milkshakes.
Robin is keen for the café to feel a bit upmarket because “there are people here who want a proper coffee.” He is hoping in the future to bring in “designer shakes’ such as fruit, Mars Bar and Snickers and to also start making waffles.
He’s also confident his prices are competitive with coffee chains – and has had quite a few groups wanting to hold meetings there during the day.
He has established a children’s play room with blackboard and toys so parents can have a coffee and feel more relaxed.
And he has plenty more plans up his sleeve for the future including a Slush Puppy machine on order and free Wifi being introduced shortly for customers.
For his business to be a success, Robin feels the key is the regeneration of Filwood Broadway to bring more people there. But so far there has been a really positive response to the new venture.
He says: “Although we’ve only just opened this place the feedback so far has been amazing.”
Filwood Park Coffee House and Confectionary is based at 37 Filwood Broadway and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.