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New Diss café will offer environmentally-friendly products




A new café promises visitors comfort twice over as it prepares to open this month.

The Hug in Market Hill, Diss will offer tasty food, while being as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Owner James Richardson Thacker is planning on sourcing bamboo straws, recyclable cups and using packaging which biodegrades within 12 days.

James Richardson Thacker is due to open his café Hug, at the end of the month. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
James Richardson Thacker is due to open his café Hug, at the end of the month. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“One of the main things is that I didn’t want to shove it down people’s throats, I just want to get across that you can still run a business and be environmentally conscious,” said Mr Richardson Thacker, who has been working in the catering industry for 25 years.

“You’re eating something tasty, which feels good, plus it’s environmentally-friendly.”

The 39-year-old aims to reduce food waste and ban cling film from his kitchen.

“From a chef’s point of view, this is a massive deal. Where I currently work, we use 15 miles of cling film every year,” he said.

“I know you can’t change the world, but, if everyone does a little bit, it can help.”

The café, which is set to open on Friday, September 27, will offer hot sandwiches and drinks, breakfast dishes, cakes and salads, with vegan and gluten-free options available.

“I’m going to keep the options fairly short, but all the efforts are going to be put into them. There will be really good-quality cakes, pastries and hot food,” said Mr Richardson Thacker, who lives in Newton Flotman and grew up in Long Stratton.

“The menu is going to be changing on a daily basis, so you’re not going to get bored.”

Recent shop closures in town do concern Mr Richardson Thacker, but he says he hopes ventures like his will help by drawing people into the town centre.

He said: “I have been in the trade for a long time and I’ve seen this explosion of smaller businesses that seem to work quite well and the major chains are just dying off. I’m hoping that will work in my favour, rather than against me.”

The dog-friendly café will be open between Tuesday and Saturday, from 8am to 3pm.

Mr Richardson Thacker is currently recruiting baristas and general staff.

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Anyone interested should contact him on 07850 057082 or via email at hello@hugcomfortfoodcafe.co.uk.

Note: The café will now also be open on Mondays.



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