Fans flock to Harry Pot­ter themed cafe and shop


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HARRY Pot­ter fans were sent into a frenzy ear­lier this year when we broke the news that a lit­tle char­ity shop in Stock­port was sell­ing of­fi­cial mer­chan­dise, and now the own­ers are open­ing their sec­ond Pot­terthemed ven­ture.

The only store in the area sell­ing the au­then­tic gear, Hoot – which sells replica wands, col­lec­tors edi­tion brooms, even Rowena Raven­claw’s lost di­a­dem – was just the first stage of the op­er­a­tion.

Now, own­ers of the tiny shop on Great Un­der­bank have taken on the unit next door, which they have turned into a cafe serv­ing treats in­spired by Harry Pot­ter, in­clud­ing a Wiz­ard Af­ter­noon Tea.

The cafe – named the Owl’s Nest Bak­ery and Bistro – opened re­cently with a soft launch, and has al­ready re­ceived a phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse, says Dar­ren Dal­byOld­ham, who runs the space with part­ner Keith.

“We make ev­ery­thing fresh – we don’t buy any­thing in. I sourced all the moulds for the choco­late frogs and make them all my­self – in­clud­ing tem­per­ing the choco­late. It takes hours,” says Keith, who has trained as a chef.

“It’s a lot more com­pli­cated to make a choco­late frog than peo­ple think!”

A hand made choco­late frog will set visi­tors back £3.95, while the Wiz­ard Af­ter­noon Tea costs £10.50, and in­cludes a se­lec­tion of sand­wiches, mac­a­roons, cakes, a choco­late frog and scones.

Pot­ter fans can also get a taste of but­ter beer – priced at £4.95 - made to their se­cret recipe.

The cafe and shop next door op­er­ate as a char­ity, and raise money for Shop­mo­bil­ity Stock­port, a ser­vice to help any­one with mo­bil­ity prob­lems get around the bor­ough.

Both Keith and Dar­ren – a wheelchair user – are mem­bers of the board.

The pair have plenty of fu­ture plans for the cafe, which in­clude turn­ing a stor­age room into a grand din­ing room with sus­pended can­dles and long ban­quet ta­bles, like those in Hog­warts.

And if the suc­cess of Hoot is any­thing to go by, the Owl’s Nest will be a roar­ing suc­cess.

“We’ve had thou­sands of peo­ple through the doors al­ready,” Keith said when Hoot first opened.

“We have had peo­ple in from all over the world, Aus­tralia, India, Canada, two from Brazil, Italy, Ger­many. To me it’s amaz­ing, ev­ery day just as­ton­ishes us.” The Owl’s Nest is open 8.30am to 4pm Tues­day to Fri­day, and Satur­day 9.30am to 5pm. For de­tails visit their Face­book page. ●● Clock­wise from above: Cafe owner Dar­ren; some of the Harry Pot­ter mem­o­ra­bilia; a re­fresh­ing but­ter beer

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