New seafront takeaway opens for business amid lockdown

Melanie Attrill and her daughter pictured outside the new Kiosk café

IT may be an unusual time for a new business to open, but that hasn’t stopped the owners of Kiosk – Lyme Regis’ new seafront cafe.

Melanie Attrill and her family have opened Kiosk next to the beach huts on the Cart Road, in premises which have been recently refurbished by the town council.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, the family had hoped to open their new venture in time for the Easter holidays. But with lockdown measures still in place, they were eventually able to open as a takeaway earlier this month.

Melanie, who lives in Hawkchurch, has 30 years experience in the catering business.

Commenting on her decision to open Kiosk, she said: “I had seen the space before and thought it could be livened up a bit. I wanted to do something I could really enjoy, working with people again and it’s in such an amazing location.”

Melanie’s new venture will be run as a family business, with help from her daughters Emily and Daisy, but they will be recruiting for new staff when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Kiosk is currently serving food and drink to takeaway in line with all government guidelines. They serve the Fairtrade and organic Honduran coffee with a range of milks available, as well as homemade cakes, ice creams breakfast bagels, lunchtime toasties and sandwiches, including their popular crab sandwiches.

All of the ingredients used are locally-sourced where possible and Kiosk caters for a range of dietary requirements, including vegan and dairy free.

Melanie said it has been challenging opening a new business during the coronavirus pandemic, but it has allowed them a chance to overcome teething problems and get to grips with current restrictions without the mad rush of the usual summer season.

“It’s been great to have the chance to introduce ourselves to Lyme Regis residents and we have had lots of support from both our customers and other local businesses,” she added.

Kiosk will be open every day throughout the summer period, weather depending, and is currently offering discounts for NHS key workers and lifeboat crew members.

You can find out more by following ‘kiosk_lymeregis’ on Instagram.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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