Amanda Lucas runs Sugar and Spice Cafe and Bistro in Windermere, with husband Jonathan, stepdaughter Ellie, Ellie’s fiancé Michael and stepson Harry.
“We moved up to Cumbria from Macclesfield and bought this place in March 2017. We’d never done anything like this before, but we’d spent a lot of time in the Lake District. We got married at Newby Bridge and we spent most of our weekends and holidays here. One day when we were driving back on the M6 we decided to make the move up here.
“It was a massive learning curve, but it’s fun and exciting and it makes a difference that we all get on really well and enjoy working together.
“We bake all the cakes ourselves and all the food is homemade, so we are not just working the hours that the cafe is open, we are usually up late preparing as well - especially in summer when the food just flies out. But we like it that way, people are pleasantly surprised when they know it’s made on site and it makes it worthwhile when customers make nice comments about it. It makes us all really happy because we really care.
“We’re keen photographers and so the photography on the walls of the cafe is all ours. Ellie started doing the chalkboards as she is very artistic, she does all the chalk art in the cafe and she has now even been commissioned by other local businesses. She has also set up her own little business on the side called Nellie’s Chalk Boards.
“I think independent businesses likes ours are really important for local people. We have quite a few older customers who come in on their own. It’s important that there are places like ours where there is a familiar face and someone to chat to on a daily basis. Our regular customers visit us all year round, which helps in the winter months. We know their names and we know what they like and that’s a big part of what makes it special.
“We were really excited about the Lake District Pound because it just adds to that community spirit. We love the passport, Ellie and I have our own passport and have it stamped whenever we can. The design is really cool and the whole ethos around it of helping local businesses and giving back to the community that you live in sits right with us.
“We think it’s really fun as well, we love it when the kids come in and stamp their passports and we have a look through and see where else they have been. I think it will encourage people to visit more local businesses and get to know us.”
Sugar and Spice Cafe and Bistro
11 Main Street