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Monday, 14 March 2016

Cafe owners think outside the firebox

The firebox – the steam train area used by drivers and their crews to fry their bacon and eggs – is the inspiration for a new café that opens its doors today (14 March) in the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The Firebox Café is being run on a franchise basis by Stage 1 Cycles owners Helen Pollard and Mike Allenby, who have also moved their cycle hire and repair business from Askrigg into the museum complex, in part of the town’s former railway station.
Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “We would like to give a warm welcome to the café and cycle business, which are the latest additions to the ever-growing list of facilities both in the Museum and in the town as a whole.

“The café franchise offers a facility that our visitors have asked for time and time again.”

Helen said: “We are hoping the business will become a cycling hub in the town.

”We are aiming to create a quality destination allowing cycling to be accessible to all. We believe that encouraging the growth of a different sector of the visitor community to Wensleydale will be beneficial to all local businesses. For Stage 1 Cycles, the opening of The Firebox is vital for creating complementary opportunities for our cycling business – and for many cyclist, cakes and coffee are an element of a ride.”

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