Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Coffee in the Country at Kalbarri on Saturday

The 'Coffee in the Country' brunch initiative at Kalbarri Cookery School on Saturday next is just a small extension to the business which the Saturday Bakeshop has been doing there over the last couple of months, writes Brian Byrne.

"We have been offering complimentary coffee to our Bakeshop customers, and they have enjoyed it," says Kalbarri founder Siobhan Murphy. "This just allows them the opportunity to stay a while and talk with their friends who also come here."

The event, with a special brunch menu, will offer both outdoor and indoor seating at Kalbarri, which like many businesses has had to keep reinventing itself during the progress of the pandemic. The original school had to postpone operations, and Siobhan and her family crew have been providing much-appreciated weekend takeaway options since March. 

"I feel very much for my colleagues in the hospitality industry who have been affected by this pandemic," she told the Diary last evening. "The catering industry is really struggling. You really don't know where you are with Covid, one week you're open, another week you're not."

Coffee in the Country is 'an opportunity to meet up with friends whom we haven't seen much in the last few months'. "Kalbarri is an 'at home' operation, and we're just extending the hospitality. Carnalway is very beautiful, and we're sharing that. People can bring a rug and sit on the lawn if it's fine."

The regulars to the Outdoor Bakeshop will already be familiar with the family orientation of the business, being met by Tom who makes sure the traffic doesn't get knotted up, then the welcome to the home by Siobhan, Ruth, Nancy and Sally.

Home from home, really. Between 10am-2pm.

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