Flipping great start for the Pancake Kitchen at Seaham Marina

Simon Haley of the Pancake Kitchen, Seaham Marina
Simon Haley of the Pancake Kitchen, Seaham Marina
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A BUSINESSMAN has come up with a flipping great idea for his new venture.

Simon Haley has launched The Pancake Kitchen in Seaham Marina, after deciding on a change of career.

We thought this was an absolutely fantastic location and when you sit out in the summer, you could be anywhere in Europe.

Simon Haley

The 28-year-old, who grew up in the town before moving to Durham when he was eight, worked at Nissan’s parts control section and for Birdseye’s sales department, after completing his marketing degree at Northumbria.

However, it was after he left his post as NOF Energy’s business development department he chose to become his own boss, and run his own cafe.

Its launch has been helped by his parents and girlfriend Anna Richardson, 28, and her sister Jill Farrell, 33.

The former Choristers and Durham School student, said: “When I had a gap between working, I worked in a couple of cafes and one of them was a pancake cafe and it was unique.

“There’s nothing like it in this area, just one in Durham and in Newcastle, but not Sunderland or Seaham.

“All we’ve had so far is positive reviews.

“It’s been non-stop and we’ve set up a Facebook page.

“It’s been going really well and I think people appreciate something a bit different.

“We thought this was an absolutely fantastic location and when you sit out in the summer, you could be anywhere in Europe.”

The cafe, which has created three jobs in the business centre created as part of the North Dock development, serves sweet and savoury pancakes and waffles.