Earlier this year a tea room in the heart of Tadcaster reopened under new ownership. The Lemon Tree on High Street, which is now in the hands of Jane and Geoff Derham, has reportedly had a positive start to the year and we decided to speak to Jane to find out more about her new venture, a ‘lifelong’ dream of hers.
Jane and Geoff Derham from Selby welcomed back customers old and new when they reopened the much-loved cafe on January 8th.
Jane, whose dream has always been to run her own tea room, shared with us how the cafe has been bustling with custom since opening day. “I couldn’t wait to get going and to welcome everyone through the door, and since we opened it’s been very busy. We’ve had lots of good feedback and reviews which is really positive.”
Although the name ‘Lemon Tree’ has remained the same for the tea room, there have been several changes to the menu under the new owners. Jane told us that they are focusing more on light bites, platters and homemade cake (which look absolutely delicious!).
And it seems the new menu is attracting new customers, not just regulars, as Jane told us a lot of people who had never been before have been turning up for lunch.
Jane was diagnosed as coeliac in the summer of 2015 and quickly discovered that eating out came with issues. She wanted to create a dining experience that wouldn’t exclude coeliacs such as herself from being able to enjoy a meal out.
The menu at the Lemon Tree has been redesigned to be coeliac-friendly and almost everything can be made gluten free. So far the items are going down well with customers!
Jane talked about achieving her dream of opening a tea room: “Nothing ever worked out or fell into place until we stumbled upon the Lemon Tree.
“It’s been a lot busier than I ever expected, but also really exciting. The staff here at The Lemon Tree and my family have been so supportive and helpful over the last few weeks so I really couldn’t have done it without them. It’s been all hands on deck!”
Jane’s Husband, Geoff, has also been helping with the washing-up at the cafe despite having his own business to attend to during the week. Jane told us he has always liked to joke that nobody ever leaves their house hungry and unsatisfied, and that this is the same goal for The Lemon Tree!
If you plan to try out The Lemon Tree’s new bites, Jane recommended The Yorkshire Platter which is her favourite item. You can find the tea room on 18 High St, Tadcaster LS24 9AT.
From everyone at Tadcaster Echo, congratulations on your dream coming true, Jane!