FRIENDS and next-door neighbours Jason McKenna and Ruth Fish have become business partners after recently taking over Sweet Vintage, the popular Mossley tea rooms.
The pair, who are from Chadderton, were on holiday together with their families at a camp site near Morecambe when the seeds were sewn.
Ruth explained: “There was a lovely café with cake on the counter and it began with a joke over drinks.
“I have always wanted my own café. I had worked in restaurants, bars and pubs when I was younger while Jason is a trained chef.
“He joked we should work together with me front of house and him doing the food.”
Although Jason is a silent partner in the business, he is supporting Ruth who is running the day-to-day business.
“I was made redundant last December after 39 years working for the Co-op Bank in Manchester and we decided let’s do it.”
Jason and Ruth found Sweet Vintage advertised for sale and, as they say, the rest is history.
They became owners on August 22 and opened the next day with the same menu and staff as continuity was key with an already successful business.
Sweet Vintage has 40 covers and a staff of nine, most part-time at weekends which are usually the busiest times. They include Ruth’s 14-year-old daughter Heather.
As the festive season approaches, Sweet Vintage has special menus and events taking place.
They are offering a Sweet Vintage Christmas on the evenings of Saturday, December 15 and 22, a four-course meal and music for £15.95.
And pensioners will also be catered for on the afternoon on Wednesday, December 12 with the menu £12.95.
Christmas afternoon teas are £15 a head while children can meet Father Christmas every Sunday in December. The cost is £10 per child which includes a packed lunch and present.
On selected evenings in December Sweet Vintage stays open late for pre-theatre and interval drinks and nibbles as it is directly opposite the George Lawton Hall.
The tea rooms can also be booked exclusively for office Christmas parties. Telephone 01457 237838.