WHEN Logan Galbraith was looking to launch afternoon teas at the Live Lounge in Royton he found himself missing a couple of vital ingredients.
Then fate intervened and served up two people now dedicated to ensuring one of the tastiest and most competitively priced afternoon tea menus in the North West.
With their strong links to Shaw and Royton, duty manager Jack Prince, 24, and 25-year-old marketing consultant Louise Cunliffe only want the best for locals.
Jack, from Shaw, came to the Live Lounge in Market Square from running the prestigious and elegant tea room at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.
Louise, whose family live in Royton, gained a first-class degree in business management from the University of Bolton.
She also worked part-time as a waitress at award winning Slattery Patisserie and Chocolatiers of Whitefield.
“Between Louise, Jack, myself and our chef Michael we have put in a lot of work to get the menu right,” explained Logan who runs the bar and restaurant with business partner, James ‘Jimmy’ Marshall.
“We are really pleased with how it looks and more importantly how it tastes.
“I have been lucky to hire Jack from the Midland which is one of the best afternoon tea places in he North West
“And I offered Louise a role while she was in here having breakfast with her grandma.
“I said hello to them, gran asked me when we were going to do afternoon teas and I told her I was just looking for the right team to help me launch it.
“Louise mentioned she had worked at Slattery and was now a marketing consultant, specialising in marketing restaurants.”
Jack, who now lives in Royton, went to Hopwood Hall College before starting in full-time employment.
“I sorted of talked my way into a job at the Midland which was before they started the tea room as it is now,” he explained.
“Over three years I worked my way up to supervisor and then finished up running the tea room.
“It was very busy and enjoyable but I didn’t like the travelling. I wanted to be closer to home and so this has been all about location.
“I’ve also got more input. At the Midland, the chef would choose the menu but we work together here and on the style of service.”
Louise first visited for breakfast after her gran Edith Williamson saw the Correspondent’s story on the Live Lounge’s opening.
“We came in and had a full English breakfast, Logan gave us a free lemon meringue tart which was very tasty and then offered me a job,” she said.
The Live Lounge’s afternoon teas cost £15 per person (with unlimited tea and coffee) or £18 with a glass of prosecco. Advance booking is essential. For more details call
0161 652 6457.