A new café/bar, Springs of Marlborough, has opened in lockdown at 5 Old Hughenden Yard and it is already proving to be very popular with customers. Currently serving takeaways, coffee and hot drinks and homemade cakes, pastries and savouries, all made on the premises, it will also become a bar with a tapas menu when restrictions allow.
Mark Percival, who heads this small family run business, has a second café in Hampshire. He left his job in IT in London 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back. He told Marlborough.news. “I’m very excited to be in Marlborough. I grew up in Wanborough and have such happy childhood memories. Marlborough is a lovely place.”
Springs is currently open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Head chef Wayne Smith and his team offer a wide variety of food, from hot breakfast ciabattas to homemade soups and light lunches.
“The homemade sausage rolls with Cumberland sausage and smoked bacon as well as the fried chicken box, the big breakfast rolls and chicken ciabatta with smoked bacon have so far been top favourites with our customers,” commented Mark.
There is also speciality coffee from Winchester Coffee Roasters and ice-cream from Rays in Swindon.
When pandemic restrictions allow Springs will also become a bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings opening from 4pm to 11pm. Hop Kettle Brewery in Swindon have designed a special beer that will be on sale – ‘Old Hughie’ after Old Hughenden Yard. “We will also offer well sourced, good value wines and cocktails. Our Beer Buddies menu will offer tapas style food,” explained Mark.
Mark is keen to make the business ecologically sound. The furniture and décor is all reclaimed wood and metals from Home Farm Décor based in Faringdon. The coffee machine has low power consumption and there are plant based cups.
“I love it. I have designed the place to be how I would like it to be if I was going out. And we’re not too expensive.”
For more information click here. Springs of Marlborough is also on Facebook and Instagram.