Dottie's Gluten Free
The East Midlands first 100% Gluten Free Tearoom
(Established February 2015)
Dottie's Gluten Free
We re-opened last June as we believed that a takeaway/collection service would be welcomed under the difficult conditions we were living, especially as a lot of people prefer good quality bread/cakes rather than supermarket mass produced products. For these, we have had quite a few regular customers. But, as most of you are aware, the bread ordering system was not done to make profit, and as long as we can cover the courier charges, we are happy to know you are receiving those delicious products from Scotland.
Unfortunately, the items which did help us to cover our overheads, hot drinks, home-made cakes and food were not wanted when customers could not eat them inside the tearoom, and four months ago, the coffee machine started to leak from lack of usage, damaging the pipework and the surface on which it sits.
So, I have made the heart-wrenching decision, that we will not be fully re-opening the tearoom. Costs far exceeded the money we made and although I have run through many scenarios of how I could claw back some of the money and make it a viable business, including seeking the services of a business advisor, none of these would be successful quick enough to stop us closing the doors by the end of the year. I have finally had to put my accountant’s hat on and think with my head rather than my heart.
We are not closing altogether as I would never let down those who have taken advantage of our collection service this last 13 months (many of whom, I know, have purchased items whether they really wanted them or not to just to try to help us). The website will remain and collections will still be from Dottie’s for now. I am looking to sell the tearoom business (without the name as that is staying with me) and trying to source a smaller unit from which I can bake and distribute the bread, pies/pasties, take away afternoon teas/buffets and cakes from. I will also be offering more celebration cakes. I had to turn requests for these away previously when my ovens were being used for meals and more cakes were needed for the counter at the tearoom. If any small cafes require stock of coeliac friendly gluten/dairy free cakes. I am more than willing to provide them as I already do for the Topiary at Hollybeck nurseries and previously for Hartley’s in Nottingham. Either full cakes, or, so there is no fear of cross contamination, individually sealed.
Hopefully, this side move, will enable us to re-build and possibly, in the near future, we can look at opening as Dottie’s Tearoom again.
We thank you all so much for your support & custom over the last six years, Clare & the Wheat family x
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