Devon’s new market café headed up by panto star

Maria Seatherton is serving up scrumptious selfmade meals and muffins

A Devon pantomime star has taken one other lead function, this time at Ria’s Cafe & Cakery. The café guarantees to be probably the most inexpensive shops within the space, with meals freshly cooked to order to eat in or take away.

Many regulars at Tiverton Pannier Market, the place the café relies, will recognise Maria Seatherton as she has traded there since final summer time below the title Ria’s Cakey Bits, first contained in the constructing after which in a wood unit.

She can be entrance of home whereas her husband Dave can be on view cooking simply behind her in a new-look set-up. The couple have been busy refurbishing the café space over the previous week or so, putting in a brand new griddle, double fryer and panini grill, amongst different issues. They launched the café on Wednesday, September 20 and can be open alongside common markets each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. They may also be right here for occasions on different days.

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She mentioned: “I used to run a restaurant with my mum in Newton Abbott, for 5 years, known as Mad Hatter’s Cafe. Then we had a change of circumstances and final 12 months I received a stall in Tiverton Pannier Market doing cake, decorations and bespoke muffins. My mum began off that enterprise of cake decorations earlier than she had the café and he or she then gave it up on account of her well being, so I took on every part from that and began a market stall. The cafe got here up and I assumed, I can try this, I get pleasure from it, so right here I’m.”

The menu consists of all day breakfast, baps, toast, jacket potatoes, burgers, paninis, teacakes, chips and a number of other vegetarian choices. You can even discover Bakewell tarts, sponge muffins, loaf muffins and scones – all home-made by Maria. Pattern a slice within the café or order an entire cake to take house. The espresso, tea and sizzling chocolate is all provided by The Espresso Firm, which Maria and Dave know nicely from the previous.

In reminiscence of founder Robert Stephenson, the corporate donates a proportion of its gross sales of its Straight Up model to native charity Rowcroft Hospice. Meaning you’ll be able to get pleasure from every Straight Up No. 18 espresso figuring out you may be supporting adults with life-limiting diseases.

Maria and Dave plan to introduce specials comparable to stew, pies, soup, and seasonal goodies, together with Bratwurst sizzling canines on the market’s brand-new Tiverton Farmers Market Oktober Feast occasion subsequent month.

The café has had three homeowners in recent times, and Maria hopes to be right here for the long term. She defined: “I get pleasure from baking and I get pleasure from cooking for individuals, and I like seeing individuals’s reactions to my meals and my muffins. From this cafe you’ll be able to count on freshly cooked meals, selfmade muffins, after which there can be selfmade specials like selfmade stew, pie and in the summertime, there will be selfmade quiche, and homity pie. Then each week there can be a selfmade soup as nicely. Principally, if I could make it myself, I’ll, relatively than purchase it.”

She mentioned she was trying ahead to assembly numerous new individuals. She added: “I am a really individuals particular person. I like to speak quite a bit and we can be encouraging others to speak to one another over espresso and cake.”

Maria additionally presents celebration muffins to order, personalised toppers and edible printing. The couple met whereas working as supply drivers for Argos in Tiverton. Maria was born and raised within the city, attending Tiverton Excessive Faculty and East Devon School, now referred to as Petroc Official. She is barista-trained, working at The Impartial Espresso Dealer earlier than shifting to Mad Hatters Café in Newton Abbot, which she ran for round 5 years along with her mum Elaine after which Dave. Elaine has labored in catering for a few years, together with with a stall at Newton Abbot Markets and a cake provides enterprise that Maria later took over. Dave has additionally labored in portray, adorning and constructing through the years. His mum Sandy runs a stall within the wood items – Ridgeyspersonalisedgifts.

Maria has been coming to the market commonly for 18 years – as a member of the Tiverton Signpost Membership that occupies the group constructing behind the market. She has performed the roles of Ali Baba, Snow White, Dick Whittington, Robinson Crusoe and The Depraved Stepmother in recent times. Maria has been attending theatres since she was three as her father, Colin Barrow, is a playwright and he or she began out as a fairy in Babes within the Wooden on the age of six.