When I Love Bramhall stopped by for a catch-up with mother and daughter owners Kath and Anna, keen to learn more about Plumcake’s recipe for success, a key ingredient became immediately clear: a warm welcome.
Anna, Kath and the team greet guests on arrival and take a real interest in customers – some of whom visit every day. Everyone is made to feel valued – some older visitors have even been chaperoned home by the team on occasion, which is testament to the staff’s unfailing commitment to customer service that goes the extra mile.
Anna remarks that customers of all ages call in at the café, and the team has built up a friendly rapport with regulars. In fact, lots of the youngest guests having grown up before their eyes. It’s no surprise to hear that many customers have found friendship in the café, too, which is well supported by the nearby Methodist church as well as being a popular meeting spot for community groups and the Women’s Institute.
Mum to teenage twins, Anna understands how busy life can be – Plumcake is a family-friendly café that caters for the whole community. Conveniently situated in the precinct by the car park, Plumcake offers something for everyone: guests can tuck into delicious homemade food, meet up with friends for the afternoon or grab a coffee or a soup to go. Dogs are welcome, too!
There’s a table with colouring and other activities to keep the kids busy, and little ones can even enjoy a special afternoon tea designed with them in mind while older guests tuck into an adult’s version.
Of course, there’s plenty more on the menu, from traditional breakfasts to light bites.
Tuesday is hotpot day and Wednesday is pie day at the café – both meals are always homemade and go down a storm with guests.
There’s also a fantastic selection of gluten-free dishes and vegan options available, including homemade potato cakes, soups and shortbread biscuits. The children’s chocolate cupcakes are also completely gluten free and we can personally attest to their deliciousness!
Kath still heads up the kitchen at the remarkable age of 78, working four days a week and creating her own recipes for tasty traditional meals, bakes and cakes. A former nurse, Kath’s secret scone recipe will be passed down to granddaughter Darcy when the time comes, so that future generations can enjoy her famous sweet and savoury treats for years to come.
As well as serving the community, Plumcake is firmly committed to supporting local businesses, using top quality ingredients sourced locally as often as possible. Special teacakes are bought in from a bakers in Heald Green and meat products are sourced from a local family butchers that’s been in business for more than 100 years.
Glance around the café and you’ll spot some beautiful artwork and photography adorning the walls – these are the creations of local artist Yvonne Williams and photographer Sharon Wallis, and everything is available to buy at competitive prices.
Anna says that at Christmas, she buys everyone’s gifts from the local shops in Bramhall, and Plumcake frequently supports local events like the Big Bramhall Free Tea Party by donating sandwiches and scones. Team members help out on the bar at community festivals and take part in charity fashion shows, too, such as Modiste’s recent collaboration with Yardbird. Another show is set to be held at Silk Road in December, in aid of the Bramhall and Woodford Rotary Club.
The only time Plumcake closes, other than for public holidays, is at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, when the café can be rented out for special occasions. The welcoming, laidback environment is ideal for baby showers in the daytime but also dressed for evening events, too. Plumcake also provides outside catering services for funerals, birthdays and more – get in touch to find out more using the links below.
With the festive season dawning, Plumcake is gearing up for weekend visits from Father Christmas, and a Christmas afternoon tea will be soon be on the menu, too. Keep an eye on Plumcake’s social media for more details – all the information you need is below.