Fans flock to Harry Potter themed cafe and shop
FANS OF THE WIZARD ARE ALREADY COMING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD...
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