Vintage car is talking point at quirky new Padiham cafe The Workshop
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The Workshop is the brainchild of father and son duo Sean and Bailey Routh who have transformed their metal fabricating unit into a coffee house with a difference. Sean rescued the Fiat from the scrappers next door and it is certainly proving to be a talking point at the venue which is on Wyre Street behind the Tesco store.
Burnley born Sean, who attended the former St Theodore’s RC High School for Boys, said: “The car is certainly an eye catching feature and it even has a tax disc in it. It was the car I always wanted and now I have it.”
Up cycled furniture, vintage items, including an interesting looking mangle, and artwork by local artists adorn the unit and Sean and Bailey have even created a children’s area with a real mini van for youngsters to play in.
Sean said: “The response we have had so far from the people of Padiham has been fantastic, they have really welcomed us.”
A fall in trade prompted the Rouths to re-invent their business and their old work bench is now a 12 seater table. Keen to create a Northern Quarter style vibe Bailey trained as a barista as they duo wanted to focus on speciality coffee alongside fresh, home-made food sourced from local farmers.
Sean said: “We want the space to become a hub for the community, a welcome space for families and individuals to come together and a place for people who may feel a bit lonely to come down and have a brew.”