Frizington community café open for business

by Craig Wishart

A grand opening: Mayor Mike Starkie (Pictured with Lingla owner Sandra) officially opened the Lingla Café and Gift shop on Wednesday October 5 photo by Copeland Borough Council

A grand opening: Mayor Mike Starkie (Pictured with Lingla owner Sandra) officially opened the Lingla Café and Gift shop on Wednesday October 5 photo by Copeland Borough Council

AFTER a five week refurbishment Sandra Dorgan finally opened the doors to the Lingla Café and Gift shop opened in Frizington.

Sandra, from Bowthorn in Cleator Moor, spent five weeks refurbishing the upper floor of St Paul’s church and has created a warm, inviting space for people to relax and enjoy some home cooked food.

She said: “Since the former café closed three years ago there was nothing in town.

“There are no pubs that serve food and it’s something the community has missed. I would really like to create a place for the community a friendly little hub for people to come together.”

And why wouldn’t you? You can start the day with a cooked breakfast or stop in for lunch and take your pick from the varied menu of tasty treats.

There are salads and light bites available or if you’re feeling like something a bit more hearty there are jacket potatoes, hamburgers, pies, curries, chilli, lasagne or the old favourite fish and chips.

If homemade chips won’t tempt you to linger then why not settle into the cosy couches and take your pick from the selection of hot drinks, shakes or juices.

While you’re there you might as well browse over the cakes or take a sweet bite from the desert menu.

On Sundays the café offers a traditional roast dinner and on Fridays there’s an OAP discount off an already reasonably priced menu.

The café is open for everyone and there’s a lift for disabled access. Sandra is committed to keeping things local and giving back to the community.

She said: “The café has created two part time jobs for local people. The sweets come from Cake House in Egremont and the coffee is sourced through the charitable Calderwood House which helps our returned servicemen and women.”

Sandra is keen to work with small groups and charities, already the café has hosted an afternoon tea in support of Macmillan Cancer Support which raised £436.

The Lingla café is now open in Frizington for everyone to enjoy.