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New café in Haverhill gets off to a busy start




The hard work put in by a couple to open their first café together seems to be paying off already as people queued to get in on their opening day.

Amanda Curtis and Christopher Roberts opened Baps and Snacks, on the corner of High Street and Duddery Road, in Haverhill, on Monday. It was previously a nail bar.

The Haverhill-based couple saw customers queuing to get in on their opening two days and have received many positive comments about what they have to offer, particularly that they include vegan, gluten free options on the menu.

Amanda Curtis and Christopher Roberts outside Baps and Snacks. Picture by Mark Westley
Amanda Curtis and Christopher Roberts outside Baps and Snacks. Picture by Mark Westley

Christopher's business background is in building up window cleaning businesses before selling them on, whereas Amanda has previously managed a café and worked in a hotel.

He said: "Amanda has got the experience and I came in with her because we wanted to try something together and see what we can achieve."

"We wanted to run a café and we decided we wanted to do something for ourselves and we decided to take this place on," added Amanda.

Amanda Curtis and Christopher Roberts inside their new venture, the Baps and Snacks café and takeaway in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley
Amanda Curtis and Christopher Roberts inside their new venture, the Baps and Snacks café and takeaway in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley

"We thought this was a good place, even though its at the end of the town, it's different, we offer vegan and gluten free, we have a lot of things that other places don't do.

"Our prices are good too.

"We had someone actually contact us and said 'your prices are like 1990s prices'."

Baps and Snacks offers all day breakfast, baguettes, sandwiches, snacks, cakes, coffee, jacket potatoes, steakhouse burgers, specialist milks, fruit, omelettes, panini, 'everything that a café would do', said Amanda.

Plans are afoot to open in the evenings and serve pizza by the end of August, although currently the café, which has four part-time employees, is open from 7am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

The couple also hope to open soon for half-days on Sundays.

As of this Sunday they will be on the Just Eat and Food Hub ordering platforms and they also do their own online home delivery service within Haverhill that is free to anyone spending over £12.

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