From a market stall to the beginnings of their third branch, Wright's Cafe has now opened at Helmingham Hall.

Adam Wright, 41, opened the second branch of Wright's Cafe at Helmingham Hall on Tuesday, May 2.

East Anglian Daily Times: Wright's Cafe opened to the public on Tuesday, May 2.Wright's Cafe opened to the public on Tuesday, May 2. (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

The Wright's Cafe dream first started off under a gazebo at Bury St Edmunds market in 2018.

After moving to a shop on St John's Street, Mr Wright quickly realised that his venture was expanding beyond the means of this small premises.

"We knew it was too small within the first week of being there," he said.

East Anglian Daily Times: Adam Wright runs Wright's Cafe with his wife.Adam Wright runs Wright's Cafe with his wife. (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

"When Covid hit we knew we couldn't have people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the shop and we turned the business around quite quickly."

Mr Wright says the business managed to build an "amazing community" during lockdown, through the opening of a hatch to serve coffee and takeaway food and fresh ingredient hampers with recipes to cook at home.

East Anglian Daily Times: The Wright's Cafe dream first started with a market stall in Bury St Edmunds.The Wright's Cafe dream first started with a market stall in Bury St Edmunds. (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

He added: "After that, one of our customers offered us the lease at the former Pizza Hut.

"It was great that one of the independent shops took over the place and we quickly grew from five to 25 staff."

Diversifying even further, Mr Wright and his wife started attending events in their converted horse trailer and it was here that they first came into contact with Helmingham Hall.

East Anglian Daily Times: Wright's Cafe now exists in both Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.Wright's Cafe now exists in both Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

"We catered at events like the Suffolk Dog Day and classic car rallies and just loved the family, community vibes," he said.

"When we discovered that the lady who used to run the tearooms had retired, we knew it was the right space for us."

With an aesthetic focus on nature, with botanical prints and dried flower arrangements, this second branch offers all the familiar favourites that can be found in their Bury St Edmunds shop.

East Anglian Daily Times: Mr Wright is also focussing on opening a third branch in Norwich.Mr Wright is also focussing on opening a third branch in Norwich. (Image: Charlotte Bond, Newsquest)

"We've created a space we're really proud of," Mr Wright added.

"And we're already well on the way to opening our third site in Norwich too."