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Surfer girls’ Cornish café is 'jam-packed' with new ideas

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: August 06, 2013

Jessica Davis and pal Elsie Pinniger sell everything in jam jars at their new cafe in Newquay

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A YOUNG baker and her pal have opened a new Cornish café with a novel twist – they serve everything in jam jars.

Surfers Jessica Davis, 26, and Elsie Pinniger, 33, from Newquay, came up with the idea while collecting jars to make home-made jam.

And they say the Jam Jar Café, on Broad Street, is already proving a hit with customers, who can’t get enough of layered salads, desserts and fresh fruit, washed down with organic coffee.

Jessica said: “It’s been brilliant. It’s such a good location and we’ve been really busy since we opened. Most of our customers, probably around 90 per cent, have been local.

“I think bars have used jars to serve drinks but no one has done it with food before. We thought it was quite a cool, quirky idea. People seem to love it too. It’s unexpected when they’re presented with a whole layered up salad. It’s like a gimmick but it actually works.”

The café, which is on a three-month lease, first opened its doors around a month ago, and is designed to be completely eco-friendly.

Vegetables come from Elsie’s mum’s vegetable patch, eggs come from Jessica’s friend’s chickens and all cakes are all baked with fresh ingredients by Jessica herself.

All the furniture is made from old wooden pallets and the jam jars can either be reused or recycled.

Jessica, who also runs Froth Café above the Fore Street Quiksilver shop, said: “We both love food. I trained as a baker in London and Elsie has worked in some top restaurants. We are both really passionate and love eating!”

The pair hope to either keep the venue going, move into a different premises, or even take the business mobile.

They’re concocting plans for tapas on Fridays and reckon home-made soup would go down a treat in the cold winter months.

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