Chris and Sue Sims discovered no 2 North Street in Beaminster when driving to Bridport. They stopped in the lovely town square and went in search of refreshments. Along with the delicious scones and tea, they discovered their new home and a new business venture. In August 2018, they moved in to this lovely 18th century Grade 2 listed building previously run as a patisserie and work began to make it their home and to transform the shop into Tangerine Cafe and Gallery.
Both have business experience. Sue runs a small publishing company, Poetry Space and Chris is a co-owner and director of Edge Equipment Hire.
Sue loves to cook imaginative food and with four sons and crowds of their friends visiting their old home on the outskirts of Bristol, she always had plenty of happy 'customers'.
One of Sue's favourite jobs in the past was working in a cafe as a student and doing everything from operating the tea bar to whipping up Lemon Meringue pies. From this came a desire to eventually own a cafe and now this dream has come true with the help of local Beaminster company Partners in Design. Sue is a published poet and Chris is an accomplished photographer so the couple are determined that Tangerine Cafe and Gallery will become a creative space, with art, sculpture, poetry and music as well as good food, coffee and tea always on offer. Sue says she would love writers to come in and write their best sellers in a cosy corner of the cafe.
Chris and Sue love their new home town and everything it offers and have already become involved in the local community. They buy all their ingredients locally and hope that Tangerine Cafe and Gallery will complement existing food businesses and widen the choice for the local people and visitors.
Delicious, honest food • Distinctive art • Events and workshops • A new community space