thumb_5167_logo_retailer_1xOn Saturday 16th July, crime author Peter Robinson will be at Waterstones in The Cornmill Centre for the launch of its new café to include a day of family fun, free samples and competitions.

The new café will champion the best local produce, with favourite local delicacies such as pease pudding and the much-loved pork pies ofTaylor’s of Darlington on the menu.

Waterstones are proud to be sourcing their bread from the town’s Clervaux Artisan Bakery. The Coniscliffe Road company has a strong social enterprise ethos working with young people from the local area, offering invaluable work experience and training.

Organic milk and cream will come from the family-run Acorn Dairy in Archdeacon Newton and the café will offer triple certified coffee from Matthew Algie – approved by the Fairtrade Foundation, Rainforest Alliance and Organic Food Federation.

Families are welcome at the café and the menu will offer a good variety of child-friendly dishes including toast soldier snacks and healthy lunchboxes. For busy parents, students and business workers there will be charging points for mobile phones and laptops dotted around the café.

Previously boarded windows have been opened up and restored, flooding the first-floor café with natural light and affording shoppers an excellent view of the town centre. Vintage train travel posters adorn the walls, paying homage to Darlington’s famous railway heritage.

Bookshop Manager Kim Winter-Bell says “Its been a joy researching the menu. We wanted to offer our customers the very best local food and show our support for our independent producers. We take great pride in championing local dishes such as pease pudding and Taylor’s famous pork pies. And it’s a great privilege to be able to support Clervaux Artisan Bakery and the work that they do with Darlington’s young people offering much-needed work experience. Their bread tastes great too!”

The café will launch on Saturday 16th July when customers will be able to sample free hot drinks from the café, enter a prize raffle and drawing competition and meet bestselling crime author Peter Robinson who will be in the bookshop from 11am to sign copies of his new DCI Bank’s novel When The Music’s Over. There’ll be fun activities for children throughout the day including the chance to meet the popular picture book character The Dinosaur That Pooped. For further information ask a bookseller or call Waterstones Darlington on 01325 465666

Waterstones, 1/3 The Cornmill Centre, Darlington DL1 1LS Tel 01325 465666