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New cafe with 'quirky' vibe enjoys busy first day

PUBLISHED: 18:37 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:06 25 April 2019

Deja Brew, a new cafe, has opened in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston Picture: Liz Coates

Deja Brew, a new cafe, has opened in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston Picture: Liz Coates

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A family-run cafe has enjoyed a busy first day full of positive feedback about the colourful "quirky" vibe and home-made food.

Deja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture:  Ray ClarkeDeja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture: Ray Clarke

Deja-Brew has opened in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, adding to the mix of shops in the popular high street.

Ray Clarke, a 59-year-old offshore logistics supervisor and his wife Lyn, 57, have spent months working on the former sandwich shop, drawing on the experience and expertise of family and friends who have worked in the sector.

As novices Mr Clarke said it had been a steep learning curve but everything had come together on the opening day, Wednesday April 24, with customers appreciating the quality food, all home-made on the premises.

He said the 22-seat cafe was going for a “quirky” and “rustic” look with reclaimed timbers and colourful, mismatched crockery.

Deja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture:  Ray ClarkeDeja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture: Ray Clarke

The couple's daughter, Megan, 18, will also work at the cafe during college holidays.

He said the cafe added “something different” to Gorleston high street which was “buzzing.”

“I was looking at somewhere near the college, but that didn't work out,” he said. “Then this came up for a reasonable price and with Gorleston high street buzzing the way that it is I could see the potential.

“The majority of our food is home-made even down to the pitta breads, sauces and dips - that was important to us and we definitely wanted to be able to have a drink.”

All the food at Deja Brew is home made, even down to the pitta bread and dips Picture: Ray ClarkeAll the food at Deja Brew is home made, even down to the pitta bread and dips Picture: Ray Clarke

The cafe can serve alcohol from 9am to midnight and is hoping to stage themed evenings and afternoon teas with wine and prosecco.

Of the opening day he said: “Everything has been so positive. We have been packed.”

In fact the only complaint was about sandwiches being too big, he added.

The opening hours are 7.30am to 4.30pm with students and NHS workers receiving 20pc discount.

Deja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture:  Ray ClarkeDeja Brew, a new cafe in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, has a whole host of plans including theme nights Picture: Ray Clarke

Helping Mrs Clarke at front of house is Melissa Cooper with chef Lisa Frosdick, formerly of Champagne Charlies in Great Yarmouth, in the kitchen with Honor Leech.

A veggie alternative is offered for every meat dish.

In time the couple hope someone will step in to take over the day-to-day running as they ease into retirement.

Mr Clarke said among those who had helped were old school friend Kenny Child and his catering consultant business KC Consultancy and Karen Skippen a family member with vast experience in front of house management.

Deja Brew, a new cafe, has opened in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston Picture: Liz CoatesDeja Brew, a new cafe, has opened in Lowestoft Road, Gorleston Picture: Liz Coates

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