IF EVER Bradshaw’s Railway Guide receives a modern day upgrade, then expect a few additional lines written about the newest arrival to Saddleworth’s café society.
Readers alighting at Greenfield in the Victorian age were advised: ‘near at hand is Fairy Hole, a Druidical remain.’
Any new version will most likely direct travellers to the appropriately named ‘Station Brew’, a family and friends run watering hole recently opened next to the Railway Hotel.
You can’t get real ale but you can get real home made food, supplemented by high quality coffee and teas.
There are dairy and gluten free options plus, with one eye on safe guarding the environment, compostable takeaway cups
Only opened on July 19, Station Brew has already expanded its hours to open Saturdays 10-4pm, serving hungry and thirsty travellers, tourists and locals alike.
“It all started from a small idea suggested by John, my husband, although it was my sister, Jill, who came up with the name,” said owner and director, Jackie Hetherington.
“The building came up for sale about 18 months ago and we thought it would be a really good location for a café.
“It’s taken longer than we expected to finish. But we wanted it to be a bit different, a little quirky and we are pleased with how it has turned out.”
Jackie and husband John from Lydgate were joined in the venture by Sophie, their daughter who works full time as café manager and Janat Czajkowskyj, a friend and former colleague who also helps manage the café.
The team is supplemented by Paddy, who Sophie calls the ‘best barista in Saddleworth, along with Stu and Amy.
For former Spanish tutor Jackie and Sophie, a volunteer charity co-ordinator, plus Janat, a librarian, ‘Station Brew’ represents a serious career change of direction.
But that means a very personal twist on trademark coffee franchises.
Wooden beams and other timbers from the building-once a newsagent’s shop-have been re-cycled and used in making the front counter.
Old crates have been put to good use as stands for magazines, books, maps and other tourist guides.
The logo and menus have been designed by Amy Murphy from Mossley, the coffee ‘imported’ from Dark Woods Coffee of Marsden and the teas from Tea Punks in Oldham while all produce is locally sourced.
There is a screen relaying all the latest timetable information from the station, free Wi-Fi, takeaway drinks for commuters and for those with more leisure, a stunning view of Chew Valley towards Pots and Pans from a back room that will eventually double up as a meeting space for community groups.
And that all surely merits a mention in Bradshaw’s or by Michael Portillo on any subsequent return through Saddleworth on his Great British Railway Journeys!