Top Pastry Chef Joins The Wild Strawberry
The Wild Strawberry in Keswick is offering handmade patisserie and afternoon teas made by their new pastry chef, Paula Murchison. Paula was Head Pastry Chef at Sharrow Bay Hotel where she worked for fifteen years. She trained under the Roux Brothers in Amsterdam.
Owners of the café, Chris and Emma Bray, carried out a major refurbishment during lockdown. Much of the work was carried out by Chris with the help of local craft and trades people. The new-look café is light and modern, but retains the traditional feel of one of the oldest buildings in Keswick. The couple also gave the outside courtyard a makeover, providing customers space to relax in the open air away from the bustle of Main Street.
The afternoon tea is traditional, but with a modern twist which showcases Paula’s patisserie skills perfectly. “It is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds,” says Emma. “We are so delighted that Paula has joined us.” Head chef, Conor Johnson has also redesigned the savoury menu. The café continues to offer the crêpes that it is known for, but has added a range of salads, deli-sandwiches and savoury pastries to the menu with various vegan options.
The café is managed by Leigh Parry who has been with the business since December 2017.