Food business is a family affair

OVER the past few years Jan Goh and her sister Hazel Page have grown and developed a simple sandwich shop into a deli, with their own home made foods and prepared ready meals and outside catering too.

Now the family is planning to take the next step and open a restaurant as well, at Thornham Hall, up the A140 road from their Sweet and Savoury store in Nedham Market.

At Needham, they make sausage rolls, quiches and Scotch eggs, ready meals from lasagne to chilli, cheesecake and cakes on the premises.

“We also make all our salads and sandwich fillings ourselves,” explained Hazel.

On the deli side they aim to stock local produce wherever possible; jams, honey, cider and beer and wine all made in Suffolk. “We want to support other local businesses too,” said Jan. Boards on the wall offered a wide range of individual sandwich choices.

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“We will make anything anybody wants,” added Jan, “We pride ourselves on high customer care. We have a five star hygiene rating too.

“During the recession it is the support of our loyal, local customers that has kept us going. We do a sandwich run for the council and catering for other local businesses too.”

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Jan is married to Teik-Aun, who is Malaysian. He has his own property maintenance business and helps support this business, also doing some of the cooking. “The curries are very popular,” explained Jan.

At the momement he and other members of the family are busy preparing and decorating The Coach House at Thornham Hall which they will be opening as a country house restaurant on Friday May 28.

“It is a very exciting and stressful time for us,” she said. “This really is a family affair. The whole family get involved. It will be the Thornham Coachhouse Country Cafe and Restaurant.

“My daughter Louise is studying tourisms and hospitality and university and will work for the summer, and write her dissertation about launching a new businesse.

“Our sun Josh and nephew Dan help with outside catering and brother-in-law Chris is helping get the restuarant ready.

“Dad (Doug) is printing signs and mum (Rosemary) is making table cloths and curtains.”

The sandwich shop is open from 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9 am on Saturday, until customers have gone.

Initially the new restaurant will be open for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea, from Friday to Monday. For dinner on Friday and Saturday night and for Sunday roast lunches.It will also be available for private bookings, meetings and events. “We already have a request from an over 60s club for a Tuesday.

“We haven’t told all our customers yet,” she said, “But we hope they will continue to support us in the new venture.”

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