Welcome to Walter’s!
In the midst of a lockdown, our village has felt rather quiet for the past few months. With our two pubs temporarily closed and activity at an all time low, the village has been in need of some excitement, and who would have thought that this excitement would come in the form of a Schnauzer named Walter?!
Walter, is of course the frontman (frontdog?) for our brand new coffee house located at The Old School, bang in the middle of Main Road, and what a delight it is! What better timing for a coffee shop to open on our doorstep to cheer us all up with hot drinks and enormous slices of brownie? For those of you that are familiar with the Higher Kinnerton village plan, you may recall that villagers expressed a desire to have a ‘café’ in the village, and now we have one!
Shelley Mears and her husband Stuart own this quirky little coffee shop. They have ran an events business from The Old School for the past few years, and after having sold off various parts of the business and with events currently on-hold, Shelley and Stuart were left with plenty of time on their hands, as well as a large unutilised space. It had always been an ambition of Shelley’s to open her own coffee shop one day and so, they took the plunge and turned the space into a coffee house; lucky us!
Walter’s coffee shop has a definite quirky vibe! There are purple sheep outside to greet you as you walk in (not real, obviously), and the inside décor sits somewhere between ‘vintage’ and ‘modern’. With the likes of the timeless fairground airplane suspended from the ceiling, an orange tree in the middle of the room, and two ‘laptop ready’ workstations set up for those of us working from home, this coffee shop is not your run of the mill; it is full of character!
The staff at Walter’s are a friendly bunch, and the owner Shelley is enthusiastic and really keen to make Walter’s a success. She is a big dog lover, owning two Miniature Schnauzers (the eldest being Walter!) and she was keen to create a space where well-behaved dogs were also welcome too.
Walter’s has a varied selection of hot and cold drinks and, if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, prepare to be impressed by the selection of cookies, brownies, pastries and brookies (half cookie/brownie) that are available. I can personally vouch for the salted caramel brownie, and fear that by the time this newsletter goes to print I may be able to vouch for a lot more!
Although currently just open for takeaways, Walter’s is a welcoming, friendly and (most importantly) safe place to be. There is hand sanitiser on the way in, distanced floor markers, and the staff are masked and stand behind perspex screens.
Shelley says, “Our goal is to create a warm and welcoming, first-name-terms meeting place for everyone in the village to use and enjoy. Also a hub for anyone feeling isolated or lonely; either due to lack of physical contact with families living further afield, or working from home away from colleagues, anyone can pop in and have some company ..and coffee, cake and conversation!”
Walters, The Old School, CH4 9AJ