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New kids on the block are a cou­ple who have opened a cat cafe and cul­tural hub for Hawkshead.

Part­ners Emma Watson, 32, and Luke Brown, 28, are be­hind ‘Kittchen’ which com­prises a cafe down­stairs and an events area above.

Events in­clude themed cinema screen­ings, live mu­sic, poetry ses­sion and arts and crafts for children.

The cafe is also home to five res­cue cats called Kiki, Bill, Gil­bert, Bruno and Daisy and it features an ar­ray of cat lit­er­a­ture, toys and climb­ing ap­pa­ra­tus

‘Our tag line is Café, Cul­ture, Cats,’ says Emma. ‘This pretty much sums up ex­actly what we do.’

‘We are cat peo­ple, and we find cus­tomers love to sit with them on their laps in a re­laxed at­mos­phere. The cats are very af­fec­tion­ate, and some peo­ple come back time and again to en­joy their wel­com­ing and friendly re­cep­tion.’

The cou­ple are striv­ing for Kittchen to serve 100 per cent lo­cal pro­duce. Al­ready tea is from New Leaf Tea Tasters in Near Sawrey and the cof­fee from Carlisle, break­fast is supplied by Lake­land Mues and pork pies come from Hig­gin­son’s, plat­ters of lo­cal cheeses and, of course, pick­les from Hawkshead Rel­ish are all on of­fer..

Luke and Emma aim for 100 per cent lo­cally sourced pro­duce

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