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New 'upmarket Greggs' bakery opening in town this weekend

The new Rosie's Coffee Lounge is opening in Leiston this weekend <i>(Image: Rosie's Coffee Lounge)</i>
The new Rosie's Coffee Lounge is opening in Leiston this weekend (Image: Rosie's Coffee Lounge)

A new bakery is opening in an east Suffolk town this weekend, promising to be an "upmarket Greggs".

Rosie's Coffee Lounge is opening in the premises formerly occupied by the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society in Leiston High Street on Saturday and owner Frances Newsome is promising a "welcoming atmosphere".

She said the bakery would be offering drinks to takeaway and drink in, along with a variety of foods including home-made gateau, salt beef bagels, home-made pickles, sauerkraut, lasagne and beef stew.

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Mrs Newsome said the family had been in business for 40 years and used to run a model village in Great Yarmouth, as well as businesses in the north east, while her sons currently operate a newsagents in South Shields near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

She added that her daughter lived in Leiston and therefore when the unit became available there was an opportunity for her to move from Bury St Edmunds, where she had been living for 18 months, to be closer to her family.

On Friday, Mrs Newsome said: "It is going to be an upmarket Greggs. We are going to be opening tomorrow and we have got equipment arriving today.

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"This is our own operation so it is going to sell lovely things at reasonable prices really."

Mrs Newsome, who will be running the bakery with her husband Francis, said although her family would be helping to start off with, in the future she was hoping to employ two or three local people.

The bakery, which is named after Mrs Newsome's mother-in-law, will also be selling non-alcoholic mulled wine and warm mince pies in the run up to Christmas.

"Hopefully, Rosie's will be the place to go if you want nice food and a welcoming atmosphere," she added.

The bakery plans to open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, seven days a week.