A couple have described their decision to open a crêperie as a ‘very late mid-life crisis’.
Clive and Rose Agran are opening a Parisian-inspired crêperie next to the Landgate in Rye.
“Sixty-seven is really a bit old to be embarking on a new career,” said former sports journalist Clive, “and so my wife and I thought we had better not leave it too much longer.”
The couple are in the process of converting a former charity shop into Crêpes on the Corner, with free Wi-Fi and power points at the breakfast bar.
A regular visitor to France, Clive has also been recruiting and sourcing ‘top-quality local ingredients’.
“I’m really happy with the way the place looks and thrilled with the people I’ve persuaded to join us,” said Clive, who lives in Ewhurst Green. “Like me, they have all spent the last few weeks perfecting their crêpe-making skills.”
Since securing their premises in February, Clive and Rose have visited many crêperies but were shocked at how many used pre-prepared, manufactured mix.
“That stuff is full of all sorts of additives, preservatives and various nasties,” said Clive. “I suppose they do it for convenience but we will be whipping up our mix daily using fresh ingredients.”
Colin said the focus will be on generous fillings and ‘exceptionally good crêpes’.
“Customers can sit down and relax if they want or take their crêpes away if they prefer,” he said.
“There aren’t many takeaway eateries in Rye and so we believe we’ll be satisfying a demand on the part of those who want to eat good wholesome food but don’t necessarily have time to sit down for a leisurely meal.”
“We both love Rye, have been coming here for years and hope to play a small part in the town’s continuing success,” said Clive.
“Previously, our only reservation about the place was that it lacked a crêperie.”
After the June 2 opening, that will no longer be an issue.
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