Dad-and-daughter duo launch food trailer at quay offering burgers and cakes
- Credit: Denise Bradley
From burgers to brownies, a father-daughter duo who have worked in top pubs and cafés across Norfolk have followed their dream and opened a food trailer together.
Birdys Bakehouse recently opened at Blakeney Quay and is run by Joely Carter, 28, and Gary Arlow, 54, who have combined their respective talents for sweet and savoury dishes.
On offer is proper barista coffees, loaded fries and burgers, including 'the signature one' with homemade sauce, rocket and caramelised onion.
The meat is sourced from a local butcher.
Mrs Carter bakes a range of treats too to make sure there's something on offer for those with a sweet tooth - including brownies, rocky road and Bakewell tarts.
She said: "It has been really busy - a lot more than we ever expected which is brilliant.
"Local people have been really supportive and we have had a lot of returning customers who have given us positive feedback.
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"They say our food is delicious and that it is really lovely to have something like this in Blakeney.
"We also have seating outside, so people have been enjoying a bacon bap ahead of morning walks and bike rides."
Mrs Carter was previously the head baker for Biddy's Tea Room in Aylsham and Norwich and has also worked as a pastry chef at fine dining restaurant Morston Hall.
Her dad is equally as experienced having worked in various pubs and hotels, including The Kings Arms in Blakeney as the head chef for many years.
It is a real family affair as Mr Arlow's son and Mrs Carter's brother, Jez, does the coffees and mum, Samantha Arlow, also runs neighbouring business Samantha Rose in a caravan.
Mrs Arlow offers art, crafts, homewares, coastal gifts and souvenirs.
Seafood van By The Quayside is located nearby too.
Mrs Carter's husband Tim helped transform the mint green catering trailer they are in, which was previously used by Shaken Udder Milkshakes at events including Glastonbury Festival.
She added: "If you want to support a family-run business with delicious food served with a smile then this is the place to come."
Birdys Bakehouse is open 9am to 4pm daily.