Independent coffee chain hoping to provide first class service at Wellingborough Station

Wellingborough Train Station
Wellingborough Train Station

An independent coffee chain is hoping to provide a first class service when it takes over the cafe at Wellingborough Train Station.

Bewiched, which already has coffee houses in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Peterborough, is looking to give the station cafe an overhaul before re-opening to customers travelling to and from the town.

Bewiched in Wellingborough

Bewiched in Wellingborough

They have applied to Wellingborough Council for planning permission to take the station cafe back to its roots, including exposing original brickwork where possible, replacing frosted panes in listed windows with clear panes and sympathetically restoring the original ceiling with hanging pendants.

They want to install some high seating in the room with the counter, and the new seating area will be fitted with comfortable seating and tables.

Matt Fountain, managing director of Bewiched Ltd, said: “We are looking at taking it back to its 1850 roots.”

Bewiched had already been looking at opportunities to open a branch at a train station when they were approached by East Midlands Trains and Network Rail to see if they were interested in the tender for the cafe at the station in Midland Road.

It will be very much the same as our current cafes in Wellingborough, Corby, Kettering and Peterborough

Matt Fountain

Matt said: “It will be very much the same as our current cafes in Wellingborough, Corby, Kettering and Peterborough.”

He said they are very conscious of people wanting to get a hot drink in time for their train so the aim is to serve ‘quality beverages in a speed efficient manner’ and he added: “It will be good that people can get a quality hot beverage prepared by coffee experts at Wellingborough Station.”

Business seems to be going well for Bewiched as the new cafe will be its fifth site and they are also in negotiations over opening a drive-thru coffee house.

A refurbishment is also planned for the Wellingborough cafe.

But even with lots in the pipeline, Matt said they are always looking for new opportunities to expand.

He said: “We have looked at Northampton three times now and agreed deals but they have fallen through.

“We are really keen to go over to Northampton at some point.”