The Busy Bee is working on a makeover

Published on: 31 Mar 2015

The Busy Bee is working on a makeover

The Busy Bee craft cafe has established itself as a community hub – and now it has even more to offer to locals and those who come from further afield to seek it out.

Homemade foods, craft classes, handmade gifts, shabby chic furniture and drop-in craft groups are all on the menu, along with a warm welcome from owner Hazel Golding.

Hazel established the cafe in Burley Grove in August 2013 and it quickly built up a clientele of regulars of all ages.

“All the generations come in here,” said Hazel. “We have prices to suit all pockets and have become known for our range of gluten-free cakes.”

She takes telephone orders for her gluten-free range and recently made a celebration cake for one elderly customer who said: “I’ve never had a birthday cake before.”

A recent revamp has created an extended cafe area, with extra seating, as well as a new serving area and counter from which Hazel dispenses coffee, tea, soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes.

Soup and bread costs £3.75, which is also the starting price for toasties, paninis and pittas. Children’s meals are available too.

There’s a new range of soft drinks, including Cawston Press and Karma Cola, West Country teas and extensive range of herbal teas.

The lovely crafts made by local people are now supplemented by shabby chic furniture, also upcycled locally, and 1950s memorabilia. It’s a brilliant place to find handmade cards and gifts, such as knitted teacosies and textile bags.

The cafe’s new opening hours are 10am-5pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays it is open for crafting sessions or for private hire. It is shut on Saturday and Sundays.

The Busy Bee’s workshops and drop-in activities are:

Monday: Knit and natter, 10am-noon;

Wednesday: Soap-making, 12-1pm. 

Friday: Crochet drop-in, 10am-noon;

Candle making and cup cake soap classes are coming soon – email Mandy at for details.

Hazel is involved in the local community and will be providing refreshments at The Big Lunch in Page Park on June 7.

If you haven’t yet sampled The Busy Bee, try going along on its Relaunch day, Friday April 17, from 2.30-4.30pm, when there will be free tasting of Essential teas, which are organic, caffeine free and fair trade.

The cafe has a Facebook page, where you can keep up to date. It’s also on Twitter.

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