Who we are? What do we do?

Hi there,

My name is Sarah, I’m 47 years old, and live in Southchurch with my husband Michael, little boy Alfie, and our pet dog Honey, a crazy working Cocker Spaniel, with lots of energy!

I started my first company Sarah’s Creative Kitchen back in Jan 2016, after taking voluntary redundancy from my job in the city, and my main focus was on healthy eating, cooking and recipe sharing, which I still do via my facebook and Instagram page.

In September 2016 my life changed dramatically overnight, from running healthy cookery demos at my home in Southchuch, to training as a chocolatier. I started by making dark chocolate treats for myself and family, then it suddenly developed into making packs to sell at Farmers Markets and School Fayres, and this then lead me to opening up an online shop and here we are three years later, in a factory, making around 20,000+ packs each month and delivering worldwide.

I still make lots of different types of chocolates, from bite sized chocolate shapes, discs, bars and truffles.  As well as making to sell, I run masterclasses at our Eatery shop from time to time, dates are published on my website when available.

In November 2017 I signed the lease to our factory in Southend, and after a few years operating out of there I realised the building wasn't really what I wanted, so I started looking for my dream premises, a shop, which could also be used to rent space to my first baby and both businesses could support each other. 

 

In August 2019, I finally found a premises that would work and we signed another five year lease on the shop, which is the one based in Eastwood, Leigh on sea.

We was awarded our 5* hygiene rating from Southend Borough Council for our new shop/workshops/eatery early 2019, and our second inspection is pending, after being closed for a year due to Covid.

 

So lets talk about what you will find where, the factory in Southend is used purely for storage now, mainly for our seasonal moulds, packaging, boxing, and general items that are not required daily/weekly, oh and lots of gym equipment that doesn't get used ha-ha. 

The Eatery in Eastwood has several functions now, at the front we have the Eatery/Takeaway area, which is currently open Wednesday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm and occasional Saturdays 10.00am - 2.00pm.  We sell our baked goods over the counter, savoury options from panini, bagels and weekly special, plus lots of gelato options, from milkshakes, sundaes and cone/tubs, during the summer holidays we will bring back our waffles as well. 

We have seating inside for up to 20 people at this time, and outside for 12 people, with a secluded front patio area and a hidden middle eating area for when the front is fully booked. 

We also stock a small amount of our Chocolate as well. 

At the back of the shop, this is used by Sarah's Creative Kitchen three days a week, which rents the space from the shop, and we also run Chocolate making classes there as well, which can be found under the class/event tab on here. 

During 2020-early 2021 we have experienced a great loss of custom and revenue as an outcome of the Covid Pandemic, and we are slowly building this back up again, so although our opening times are quite limited at this time, we are working towards being open more often for hot/cold daily treats. 

If you are too far away to visit us though, don't panic, we have you covered as well.  Every week we upload our Eatery baked goods to our postal goods shop on here, which can be posted out UK wide.

I think that kind of sums us up, any questions please ask away, or pop along to see us at the shop.

Sarah