WHAT was once a garage has transformed into one of thee most popular cakes and takeaway meal outlets across West Cumbria, with mouths up and down the country eager to get a bite of what they have to offer. 

Emma's Bakes, which is ran by couple Emma Rogers and Chris Scurr from their home in Thornhill, was birthed out of lockdown when much of the country was taking up the baking trend, specialising in sweet treats and home-cooked meals. 

"We decided to start baking as we got bored being on furlough and we kept getting told we should sell these," Emma said.

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Emma who worked in Hartley's Beach Shop Cafe since she was 13 and Chris, who brings over 20 years experience from a chip shop, haven't looked back since leaving behind their jobs to take up this new endeavour full-time.

"We didn't expect it to go as well as it did, but it's really went from strength to strength.

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"It's nice to have something fresh and different in the village, people think it's great because it's home cooked food that saves you getting a takeaway.

"I think we've hit a little gap in the market that people seem to be quite enjoying," she said.

The food-hub which opens twice a week on a Monday and Thursday is available for pre-orders.

However, the work doesn't stop at two days for the business, as everyday, as well as catering to private events, the duo are providing goods to numerous popular cafes and foodstops including; Deja Brew; West Lakes Hemp; Noah's Plaice and Mawson's Ice Cream Parlour to name a small few.

"Our customers have stuck with us, coming back every week - the supports really been amazing.

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"There's so many people that want food, we don't see as competition, we always try to recommend other local businesses doing something similar when we can't meet demands," she said.

"We regularly deliver to Newcastle, I've even had people in New Zealand, Ireland and Canada contact me for deliveries but we regularly have people travelling up and down the whole country, all the way to Scotland with our food, it's amazing how far it's been.

"It's a seventeen hour day every day; you don't switch off but it's because I want a shop so bad I'm trying to push it to the next level.

"I'd like to be quite established within the area, and hopefully we'll have a cafe outlet in the future," she said.

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