Cafe catches TV’s eye

Rowan tree ps1205-25'Channel Four filming 'Emma O'Reilly , Harry White
Rowan tree ps1205-25'Channel Four filming 'Emma O'Reilly , Harry White

THE owners of a Bridlington cafe are hoping for some TV exposure.

Emma O’Reilly, 27, and her partner Harry White, 28, were surprised, delighted and then slightly worried when Channel 4 TV got in touch and asked if they could film a sequence in their Rowan Tree Cafe for a forthcoming episode of “Supersize V Superskinny”

“They had seen it on our website and thought it looked interesting,” said Emma.

Last Friday a film crew looking for locations for the programme which involves two people, one obese, the other seriously underweight swapping their diets, spent a couple of hours there.

“They were filming two young men chatting over a cup of coffee. Both of them looked normal and healthy, to be honest I was quite relieved because we are a very health conscious cafe.

“We make a lot of our own food, bread, cakes and so on and we didn’t really want the programme to give the wrong impression,” said Emma.

The pair are hoping any coverage they might get will raise the profile of their fully licensed cafe which specialises in home cooked organic locally sourced food. They are now in their sixth year and are continuing to grow despite the recession.

Introduced for 2012 is a Spanish Tapas night on the last Saturday of every month which they believe is something completely new to Bridlington.

In addition to the cafe, which also has an outdoor courtyard seating 15 people, there is a shop selling local crafts and ethnic gifts with the recent addition of the ‘Jack Daws’ vintage clothing wardrobe.

So far The Free Press has been unable to contact anyone at Channel 4 to confirm exactly how the Rowan Tree will feature in their series, or exactly when it will be broadcast although Emma believes it will be toward the end of February or the beginning of March.