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Arose Coffee Shop blooms into life at Woodview Garden Centre

John Hooks

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John Hooks

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VERY impressed, definitely worth a visit, the service was superb. These are just some of the Facebook comments from happy customers of the area’s newest coffee shop.

Arose Coffee Shop opened at Woodview Garden Centre on the Portadown Road back in July and since then the mother and daughter team at the helm have been delighted with the public response to their new business.

Freda Donnelly along with her daughter, Sharon and chef James Kirkland say the support they have received from the public has been very encouraging.

“The response from day one has been great,” said Freda.

“We are determined to serve the best food we can using the finest local ingredients and having that connection with local suppliers is something which is very important to us.”

Running a coffee shop with her daughter Sharon was something Freda had been interested in doing although the process of opening Arose Coffee Shop proved to be something of a whirwind.

“We saw the business advertised on Facebook and after some words of encouragement from my husband Noel we decided to go ahead. It’s been a lot of hard work to get us to this stage but we are very proud of what we have achieved and the response from our customers has been brilliant.”

The name for the new coffee shop shows the kind of attention to detail the owners are detertmined to achieve throughout their business.

“My name’s meaning is A Rose,” said Sharon. “Coffee gives you a lift which also fits with Arose and as we are all Christians we wanted that Christian ethos to run through everything we do at the coffee shop.”

Arose Coffee Shop opens from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am until 4.30pm. On Thursday there is late night opening between 7pm and 9pm.

For breakfast you can choose from a wide selection including cooked breakfasts, pancakes and French toast. Lunch, which is available from 12 noon until 2.30pm, includes soups, paninis, pulled pork, stews as well as different specials which are created around seasonal produce. Friday is always pie day with both savoury and sweet versions on offer. The coffee on offer is supplied by Belfast firm, Bailies.

“We work very hard at using local produce, this is something which is very important to us,” said Sharon. “Where possible all of our food is homemade and we also offer a gluten free menu.”

Chef James Kirkland comes with a lot of experience having served his bakery apprenticeship in the Cake Shop in Armagh before moving to Johnston’s Bakery and then to Hockley Lodge Nursing Home and Apple Patch.

Arose Coffee Shop is the perfect location for a business meeting, stop off on a long journey or a great end to a morning spent shopping at Woodview Garden Centre, as this Facebook user confirms.

“I called in to Woodview Garden Centre on Saturday to get what we needed. The lovely food smell coming from Arose Coffee shop brought us in. We had a delicious breakfast and the service was superb. The menu choices are also excellent, something for everyone. Will definitely be back again,” 

To keep up-to-date with everything that’s going on at Arose Coffee Shop including details of each week’s specials, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram or call 38984130.

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