A HEDGE End tearoom which was transformed into a family-orientated café has swung open its doors.

Previously Kettle and Cake, the newly refurbished café in Freegrounds Road is now home to Spring Tides.

Created by wife and husband duo Alison and Jules Davanzo, the café opened on Friday, June 3.

This comes eight months after its sister venture, High Tides, opened in Warsash, the idea of which was born out of lockdown.

Daily Echo: Spring Tides co-owner Alison Davanzo with daughter Giorgia (both left) with the Spring Tides teamSpring Tides co-owner Alison Davanzo with daughter Giorgia (both left) with the Spring Tides team

Alison, 51, said: “My husband was in tourism and because of Covid he was made redundant. I was a project manager for a construction company.

“We got bounce-back loans from the government because we had no money, so we decided to make a living and created High Tides.

“The opportunity for this café came along and it was the right timing. We wanted to open a second café and we took the risk.”

Alison and Jules had big boots to fill following in the footsteps of Kettle and Cake, but Alison says so far, the response has been good.

Daily Echo: Inside Spring TidesInside Spring Tides

She said: “We’ve had a positive response so far, it’s been brilliant.

“We are very overwhelmed by it all but pleased it has taken off.

“Lots of people can’t afford to go out to restaurants but Spring Tides is a happy medium where people can meet up with their friends and afford it.

“I was brought up in Hedge End and my husband grew up in Warsash, so it is a coincidence that we have cafes in both places.”

Spring Tides promises to go beyond your average cake and coffee offering.

Daily Echo: Inside Spring TidesInside Spring Tides

It is home to a wide breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, the ingredients of which are all locally sourced from nearby farms and independent suppliers, with an emphasis on quality produce.

Along with a vast selection of food, Alison has created more jobs for the community by expanding the café’s offering - but it is home to some familiar faces.

She said: “I have kept the old Kettle and Cake staff which is great and we have got new staff members as well.

Daily Echo: Spring Tides co-owner Alison Davanzo with daughter Giorgia inside the Hedge End cafeSpring Tides co-owner Alison Davanzo with daughter Giorgia inside the Hedge End cafe

“From mums to Saturday workers and full-timers, there is a variety.

“It is a family-run business, and our daughter Giorgia works here with us.

“The staff are amazing and we wouldn’t be as good as we are without them; we are a mini family, it’s lovely.”

The café is dog-friendly and serves alcohol from 12pm.

Spring Tides is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm, except on Sundays when it closes at 2pm.

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