New gallery in coffee shop

Art and Chocolates: Phil Revill,the new owner of the Thorntons Cafe and shop in Bakewell, is inviting artists to adorn the walls with their work, like these photographs from James Grant.
Art and Chocolates: Phil Revill,the new owner of the Thorntons Cafe and shop in Bakewell, is inviting artists to adorn the walls with their work, like these photographs from James Grant.

The walls of a Peak District cafe are set to come alive with art work – as the business launches a new gallery.

The Coffee Shop, in Bakewell, will be promoting local artists and exhibitions at its premises on Matlock Street.

Owner Phil Revill took over at the business, which has been running in Bakewell for three years, six months ago and recognised a need for more gallery space in the town.

Mr Revill said: “We are trying to really promote local artists and craft workers, through the shop, and we are hoping to be a platform for them to sell their products.”

He added: “When we took over we wanted to put our stamp on the place.

“We saw a need for a gallery as we had visited craft fairs and realised there are a lot of really good artists around the area and felt it would nice to use our wall space to showcase their work.”

Multi-award winning landscape photographer and Peak District resident James Grant helped kick start the new venture with an open night on Monday, May 16.

James’ photographs are currently on display and for sale in the cafe.

The open event also included a presentation from Thorntons’ chocolatiers.

Products and home accessories from Derbyshire-based craft workers will also be on sale in the shop.

Items include soap from Bakewell, candles from Tissington, pottery from Baslow, cakes from Ible, hand-sown hearts from Melbourne, locally made cards and a range of chocolates produced only 20 miles away at Thorntons factory in Somercotes.

Mr Revill said so far the gallery had proved popular with customers and urged people to call in to the cafe enjoy a coffee, relax and view the art on display.

He added: “We are also here if people just want to come in and have a walk around and look at the art work.”