Earlier this week I was treated to a sneaky peek at a new business in Hebden Bridge and as this venture excited me I wanted to share it with you too!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a huge dog lover – I prefer cats – but the concept of THE LAMPPOST excites me. I love innovative ideas and people who take a risk and do something different instead of following the crowds … and this is different!
Kate and Claire have really done their homework and spent many hours sitting in Hebden Bridge checking out how many groups of people visit the town with their four legged friends.
The idea was conceived on a cold winter’s day when they were walking their herd of dogs and wanted somewhere to go for a warming hot chocolate where their hounds would be as welcome as they were. They had to wait for the opportunity to turn their idea into reality but fortune soon came knocking at their door when the perfect property became available to them on Bridgegate…and so THE LAMPPOST was born…serving hound and human!
Their ethos is Wet Dogs and Muddy Wellies welcome – Kate and Claire want to create an environment in which the local dog owners, walkers and cyclists can come in, rest and revive in total comfort.
Your pooch can also relax here in THE LAMPPOST with its own bed on which to rest available, a big bowl of water if needed and even a towel to wipe its muddy paws on if they so wish!
All their produce is locally sourced, made and baked on the premises or by small local businesses. Each day offers a salad and a soup option and lots of sweet treats. I was chief tester on Thursday when I visited and tucked in to a hearty Thai spiced butternut squash soup and an aubergine, olive and pine nut pasta salad, absolutely scrummy.
I did want to try some of the treats on the counter until Kate pointed out that those were the Pupcakes, Cookies and Cheese Cakes for hound not human! But take a look at them – you would wouldn’t you?
They are vegetarian home baked dog treats using natural ingredients and contain absolutely no sugars or salts so make a healthy and tasty light meal after a day’s hike or as a reward for just being amazing!
I had a little taster of the Spanish hot chocolate too before finally leaving with a latte that had just the right amount of kick to it – and let’s face it, far too many cafes in Hebden Bridge serve flavoured milk and not decent coffee!
A slurp of hot chocolate in a beautiful little pot the girls have had made locally for them.
Their soup bowls, espresso shot cups, milk jugs and hot chocolate bowls have been made by the delightful Edyns Culverwell – she runs the Old Stables Pottery in Hebden Bridge. Here’s her bio Edyns Culverwell
The boutique at THE LAMPPOST offers unique, hand-crafted British made products for the discerning owner and hound. Some Kate and Claire chose for their high quality craftsmanship and others for their quirkiness. You can find quite a range from Liberty print dog collars and robust leather leads to dog beer and ice cream.
Their own line of collars and leads, which will stand the test of time and our great Yorkshire weather, has been made by a friend of theirs, Helen. She works from her conservatory in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside producing high quality saddlery for some of the country’s top riders. Working closely with Kate and Claire she has kept the leather collar and lead designs simple and traditional yet you can order a more bespoke piece to suit your dog’s specific needs.
Helen produces eye-catching collars, leads and accessories from her small workshop in Norfolk using locally sourced materials where possible and focusing on traditional Liberty prints and classic cord. Joy Flowers has a background in knitwear design so her products features lots of colour and texture.
British company, Mutts & Hounds, design and hand make stylish quintessentially English dog apparel and accessories from their stable conversion near Bath and use 100% woollen tweeds spun in Yorkshire for many of their products.
I was delighted to see that Kate and Claire had also sourced work by two UK makers that sits really well on the walls of THE LAMPPOST. Prints, Etchings and Cards from Vicky Palmer and Guy Allen are on display and available to buy and you can also commission Vicky to draw and/or paint a picture of your faithful hound.
So there you have it folks, a little blog post on a new and innovative independent cafe and boutique in Hebden Bridge.
Something that will appeal to dog owners and dogs.
Something that has been well thought through and brilliantly executed.
Something I hope will be well supported by locals and visitors.
Something that fits into our town perfectly…now go and visit, thank you! x