New gluten-free cafe Brew and Bakes to open in West Bridgford with a car meet on the first day

Inside Brew and Bakes in Wilford Lane, West Bridgford
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

A new cafe that's 100 percent gluten-free is opening this weekend just in time for the launch of a car meet. Brew and Bakes is located next to Wilford Lane Garage and Autocentre in West Bridgford - and used to be the reception.

After a complete revamp, it has been turned into a cosy coffee shop with sofas inside to relax over a cake and a drink and wooden tables outside for warmer days.

Morgan Westwood, whose husband Adam runs the garage, will be based in the shop. A coeliac herself, she has baked all the cakes including battenburg, coffee loaf, caramel fudge, cookies, and lemon curd cupcakes. Sausage rolls and sandwiches will also be on sale at the building where she used to work as receptionist for the family business.

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Following her dream, Morgan first came up with the business plan ten years ago as part of a project at Central College but it never went any further, until now. As a student there were few places she could buy gluten-free food in the city, so she always used to frequent the former Hartley's Cafe in Hockley.

"I used to visit Hartley's on a daily basis when I was at college as it was the only place that had gluten-free options - that was part of the inspiration for this. Everything at Brew and Bakes is gluten-free and 100 percent coeliac safe although you won't be able to tell by the taste of it."

Curiosities for sale in Brew and Bakes
Curiosities for sale in Brew and Bakes -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

The new car meet will be hosted by the garage and The Emerald, the Indian pub further along Wilford Lane. Classic cars, bikes, vans, trucks and whatever is your "pride and joy" is welcome from noon on Saturday (June 1).

Adam said: "When we did a motorbike meet there used to be 50 to 80 bikes turn up. We have joined together The Emerald to do the car meet as two local family-run businesses to help each other out. Hopefully in the future we are thinking of bringing a market here at a weekend with free pitches for stalls such as local family- businesses, like a butcher's, cards and gifts."

Matthew James will be there for the opening day showing off his new Craving Crust trailer. He will be serving gluten-free pizzas from noon. The Calverton bathroom fitter launched the business from his home after struggling to find a decent pizza to suit his dietary needs after being diagnosed with coeliac disease in December 2022.

His menu includes cheese and tomato, meat feast, ham, pepperoni or you can choose your own toppings. Other traders include Nottingham soap and bath bomb makers Sweet Sweet Sisters and Upsy Daisy Gardens.

"A lot of people have said they are coming. I think it's going to be a busy and exciting day," said Adam.

Normally Brew and Bakes will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm to see how it goes. Adam said: "If people want to come in for a couple of hours, read a book and eat a cake, they can do that."

Alongside food and drink, the shelves are filled with curiosities for sale. Amongst them are vintage toy vehicles, including a miniature Green Goddess, like the real one Adam used to own, plus auxiliary fire service memorabilia like a helmet and 1940's fire service jacket.