Le Tour De France July 2014
As the cyclists warmed up for Le Grand Depart in Leeds, the Merrie England team prepared the stall for a busy two day Food and Drink event in St George’s Square, Huddersfield.
The Festival, as part of the celebrations for Le Tour, was buzzing, and excitement filled the air as the crowds watched the race on the big screen.
The Merrie England team entered into the spirit of the event by dressing in the ‘King of the Mountain’ jersey. The weather couldn’t have been better and Yorkshire was shown to the world in all it’s true glory. A week-end to remember.
A coffee shop has shaken off its medieval image to bring things a bit more up to date.
The Merrie England outlet on New Street in Huddersfield town centre has been given a new look – thanks to Honley-based interior designer Joan Webb.
The coffee shop has been refurbished in a colourful and vibrant scheme to provide a bright and inviting dining area. The familiar dark medieval theme – with exposed roof beams, armour and shields – has been updated with new upholstery.
Joan, who runs JW Design, put together and project-managed the scheme. Work started in mid-January.
The menu still boasts firm favourites, such as hot beef and onion sandwiches, homemade apple pie, freshly baked cakes and scones, tea and freshly ground coffee.
Merrie England director Gina Hanselman said: “This is the second of a string of planned refurbishments of Merrie England coffee shops.
“The first one was in Commercial Street, Brighouse, in November last year, which received a very positive response. All our regular customers loved the new look.”
She added: “Our coffee shop has always been popular for offering good quality fresh food and friendly customer service, but we’re now able to offer a selection of drinks and light bites in a tasteful, attractive setting aimed at appealing to our existing customers whilst at the same time attracting new ones.
“We understand the importance of retaining the character of Merrie England and feel we have achieved this.”
The final touches are being made to the first ever Brighouse Victorian Christmas Festival this weekend. Shops are being decorated and staff – just like the team at the Merrie England – are preparing for the festivities. More than 80 stalls will line the town centre streets before a lantern parade and Christmas light switch on by Father Christmas on Saturday at 4pm. See next week’s Brighouse Echo for our picture of the festival.
- Tour de France Food and Drink Festival
- Merrie England revamps Huddersfield town centre coffee shop
- Victorian Festival fever spreads through town