Cafe and bakery set to open in Linmere, Houghton Regis

It will be a focal point of the new village's community hub

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th November 2021, 12:06 am
Updated Friday, 12th November 2021, 12:26 am

A local independent café with its own in-house bakery has become the first business to set up shop at the soon-to-be-opened Farmstead at new urban village Linmere, next to Houghton Regis.

Café in the Park, which will use ingredients from local farms and suppliers, will open its doors in the New Year.

The family-friendly cafe will be the focal point at the Farmstead, the new village's community hub, which will also offer a hall available for a range of activities, an adventure playground, dog grooming parlour and other outdoor-related retail outlets.

Cafe in the Park

Café in the Park's philosophy of serving wholesome homemade food created from locally sourced ingredients has proven very popular at its owners' similar ventures in Hertfordshire and Greater London. They own and run successful outlets in Rickmansworth, Pinner and Radlett.

The café, which will be employing local staff, will be decorated in an eclectic style of both vintage and modern furniture and tableware. It will have an outside terrace seating and a natural adventure playground for children.

Café in the Park produces plenty of its fresh ingredients at its farm in Radlett, Wild Farm, and will be taking an allotment at Linmere. Other food will be sourced from ethical regional suppliers. At other Café in the Park venues fruit and veg is delivered daily by a family run business in Covent Garden, dairy, eggs and meat come from local farms and merchants, craft beer is from a microbrewery in Watford, wines are from Berkshire and soft drinks from Cambridge.

As well as offering a range of beverages, its lunch menu is likely to include unusual homemade dishes such as London burrata with focaccia, and pea and sorrel soup alongside more traditional lunches, snacks and breakfasts. To complement the café there is also a bakery with delicious fresh breads, cakes and pastries baked daily to eat in or to take away.

The cafe will source locally produced food

Owner Julie Wright said: "We're very much looking forward to becoming part of the new Linmere community and are passionate about replicating the spirit and vibe created at our other cafes. We're one happy family and our aim is to make sure people feel welcome, can meet friends and enjoy a relaxing time enjoying our food and drinks. A sense of belonging is very important to us, not just among the staff and customers, but with the wider community providing the ingredients for all our dishes."

The first Linmere residents moved into their new homes in the summer.

In total around 5,150 homes will be built over the next 15 years by the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC).

Linmere will see the creation of two new primary schools and an extension to Houghton Regis' existing Thornhill Primary school. A ten-form secondary school will open in September 2022.