Gemma Hulme, the owner of the Little Lilac Coffee House and Tea Bar is celebrating her first six months in Formby.
The Little Lilac provides a secret blend of artisan coffee and tea to supplement its freshly baked cakes and tasty locally sourced food in a friendly setting.
The unusually named Coffee House inherited it’s name from Gemma’s three little girls; Maddie, Maisy and Mia ‘Lilac’. Mia has suffered from multiple food allergies since birth and it was often very frustrating when they tried to eat out, as very little provision was available for Mia to eat.
Gemma had been baking privately and working in a coffee shop in Ormskirk as a way of supplementing her income for several years while finishing her business degree at Edge Hill University.
When the opportunity came in summer last year to buy ‘Cup and Cake’ at the end of Brows lane, she saw her chance to use her experience and passion to combine her love of baking to provide something special in Formby.
A unique blend of flame roasted, artisan coffee and selected tea’s accompany daily homemade soups, all day breakfast’s, sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes, sharing boards and a show stopping afternoon tea. A range of freshly baked cake’s, cupcakes and luxury ice cream accompany the savouries. Almost everything on the menu can be adapted for intolerance; something Gemma is personally passionate about.
Children love Lilacs for the chalkboard tables and little buckets of chalk on arrival and the children’s mini picnic baskets, as well as the personal message that comes with their food. Adults enjoy the tasty food and find china tea service.
They also openly welcomes dogs with their well-behaved owners. Lilacs are also starting to run regular evening cup cake decorating parties, children’s cupcake decorating mornings as well as being available birthday parties and private functions on request.
During the month of May Lilacs would like to offer Formby First readers the chance to come and celebrate with them.
Treat your friends and family. Mention Formby First and come and enjoy our big chain amnesty, present your ‘big chain’ loyalty cards for 50% off hot drinks between 10am-11am Monday – Friday or come in on a Sunday morning before 11am for free drink with crumpets or teacakes.