A former human resources manager has brewed up her perfect business venture as takes her coffee shop to the next level.
Judith Thompson left behind an office job to follow her dream.
“We have been running the extended opening times for the past six weeks and it has proved very popular with our chef Gary Reynolds regularly praised by our customers.”Judith Thompson
Nine years on, she says it was a decision she does not regret as her coffee shop – The Pantry coffee shop and bistro – in East Street, Whitburn, continues to be a roaring success.
So much so, she has extended its opening hours - complete with a licence - and a new menu for evening diners, including a healthy option menu.
Mrs Thompson said: “I was a human resources manager for 28 years, but I’d always wanted to have a coffee shop.
“I didn’t know then how much hard work it would be, but it’s not a decision I regret.”
Mrs Thompson, who has previous experience of running coffee shops, was joined by business partner Suzanne Cleary three years ago.
Together they employ 11 members of staff.
She added: “From the first day we opened the coffee shop we have been busy.
“And, seeing how well it was doing, we decided to look at taking it to a new level by extending the opening hours and gaining a licence so people can enjoy a glass of wine with an evening meal.
“We have been running the extended opening times for the past six weeks and it has proved very popular, with our chef Gary Reynolds regularly praised by our customers.”
The menu for the Bistro @ The Pantry is changed every four weeks with and there’s an early bird menu of two courses for £9.95 between the hours of five and seven.
Mrs Thompson, from Whitburn said: “I’m always listening to our customers and their feedback and take on board what they say to improve the business.
“I take a lot of pride in people coming along and enjoying their dining experience.”
The Pantry is open Monday to Wednesday 9am until 4pm with extended opening hours until 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays with meals served til 9pm.
Sunday opening is 10am until 4pm.
The Bistro @ The Pantry is also available for hire for private functions.
To contact the Pantry or for information visit facebook page The Pantry Coffee Shop & Bistro or call 0191 529 2798.