Blackburn's Sprout Cafe to close

Sprout Cafe owner Andrea Holden

Sprout Cafe owner Andrea Holden

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

A VEGETARIAN town centre cafe is to close later this month.

Sprout, run by the former owner of Vfresh in King Street, Blackburn, confirmed the news on its Facebook page.

An update read: “After a really positive day, I have some sad news to announce to my wonderful customers.

“If you do not already know, Sprout Cafe will be closing its doors on March 29. It is not a decision that has come lightly.

“It has been a fantastic experience and I will treasure the memories forever.”

The cafe, above Mercer’s Toy Shop in Darwen Street, Blackburn, hosted several events, and was praised by customers for selling healthy food.

But owner Andrea Holden said it was ‘just not busy enough’.

The 45-year-old said: “I’m not making a living from it. I have been plodding through since opening two years ago and it’s been hard work.

“Some days you can’t get a seat in here it’s so busy, but it’s only for an hour. I feel, at the moment, I just want to have a break away and not think about opening my own business again.”

But Andrea said owning Sprout has been an ‘amazing experience’.

She added: “I have learnt so much and I will take that away with me “The saddest part of it all will be saying goodbye to my customers.”

Executive member for regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Coun Maureen Bateson, said: “This is really disappointing news because I know they sell excellent food and is very popular.

“I know it will be missed and I’m disappointed they could not make a go of it in the current location.

“Hopefully, with the Cathedral Quarter bringing in a hotel and office block, it should regenerate that part of Darwen Street and hopefully increase footfall.”

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1:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Joseph O'M says...

This is a real shame. This highlights the problem that the Blackburn Is Open campaign really faces...
This is a real shame. This highlights the problem that the Blackburn Is Open campaign really faces... Joseph O'M
  • Score: 6

9:02pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ste.g says...

places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.
places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us. ste.g
  • Score: -4

3:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mon says...

I'm sure Andrea has worked very hard in trying to get the cafe going but location of any business is paramount and this one did not have that luxury. Blackburn town centre isn't that busy at the best of times but i'm sure she would have survived in a better area. Shame though, her cafe was always in the top few on the TripAdvisor website.
I'm sure Andrea has worked very hard in trying to get the cafe going but location of any business is paramount and this one did not have that luxury. Blackburn town centre isn't that busy at the best of times but i'm sure she would have survived in a better area. Shame though, her cafe was always in the top few on the TripAdvisor website. Mon
  • Score: 4

8:40pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MozArmy1 says...

ste.g wrote:
places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.
I think this just about sums up the attitude of people in this town. Nobody is 'forcing' vegetarianism upon you or anyone else. It's about being a little bit more mindful about what you are eating. I'm sure that many customers of Sprout weren't vegetarians, they just enjoyed eating good food that was healthy. The fact that the meal contained no meat was probably irrelevant. It is a shame that mindlessly shoveling dead animals down your throat in McCruelty is preferable for most people. Personally, as a vegetarian, I am sick of being forced to look at shrink wrapped, pumped up death in the supermarkets, sick of smelling fried carcasses being pumped out of greasy takeaways. Tired of seeing adverts for 200 chicken beaks for 25p from Farmfoods...Viva Sprout Cafe. .http://www.peta.org
/videos/meet-your-me
at/ WAKE UP WAKE UP.
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.[/p][/quote]I think this just about sums up the attitude of people in this town. Nobody is 'forcing' vegetarianism upon you or anyone else. It's about being a little bit more mindful about what you are eating. I'm sure that many customers of Sprout weren't vegetarians, they just enjoyed eating good food that was healthy. The fact that the meal contained no meat was probably irrelevant. It is a shame that mindlessly shoveling dead animals down your throat in McCruelty is preferable for most people. Personally, as a vegetarian, I am sick of being forced to look at shrink wrapped, pumped up death in the supermarkets, sick of smelling fried carcasses being pumped out of greasy takeaways. Tired of seeing adverts for 200 chicken beaks for 25p from Farmfoods...Viva Sprout Cafe. .http://www.peta.org /videos/meet-your-me at/ WAKE UP WAKE UP. MozArmy1
  • Score: 8

10:08am Sun 16 Mar 14

GreyLamb says...

The Cafe is in a pretty good space, it just needs more investment and advertising - I think offering A vegetarian option is a welcome change, and something unique to Blackburn Town Centre. Luckily Coconut Rose Cafe will be opening soon and continuing the vegetarian theme. They are relaunching alongside a brand new craft shop, so hopefully this will reinvigorate the space and bring new life to the cafe!
The Cafe is in a pretty good space, it just needs more investment and advertising - I think offering A vegetarian option is a welcome change, and something unique to Blackburn Town Centre. Luckily Coconut Rose Cafe will be opening soon and continuing the vegetarian theme. They are relaunching alongside a brand new craft shop, so hopefully this will reinvigorate the space and bring new life to the cafe! GreyLamb
  • Score: -1

12:46pm Wed 19 Mar 14

CosmicChancer says...

MozArmy1 wrote:
ste.g wrote:
places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.
I think this just about sums up the attitude of people in this town. Nobody is 'forcing' vegetarianism upon you or anyone else. It's about being a little bit more mindful about what you are eating. I'm sure that many customers of Sprout weren't vegetarians, they just enjoyed eating good food that was healthy. The fact that the meal contained no meat was probably irrelevant. It is a shame that mindlessly shoveling dead animals down your throat in McCruelty is preferable for most people. Personally, as a vegetarian, I am sick of being forced to look at shrink wrapped, pumped up death in the supermarkets, sick of smelling fried carcasses being pumped out of greasy takeaways. Tired of seeing adverts for 200 chicken beaks for 25p from Farmfoods...Viva Sprout Cafe. .http://www.peta.org

/videos/meet-your-me

at/ WAKE UP WAKE UP.
I have to agree with the right honourable MozArmy1. How exactly were Sprout forcing vegetarianism on anyone, let alone your good self 'Ste'? It's hardly as if you struggle to get a meat-based meal in Blackburn is it? Sprout was a top quality alternative that was loved by its regular base of customers, unfortunately it was the victim of a harsh economic climate in this region that's been left behind by successive governments, and by a lack of council support.

Equally, not everybody who ate at Sprout was vegetarian, MozArmy1 is quite right, people went to Sprout because they were local leaders in fresh, healthy and top quality food. Why don't you, your friends and family open your mind and try a meal without something that had to die for your plate? Sounds like it would do you good, and it certainly would do the animal good.
[quote][p][bold]MozArmy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.[/p][/quote]I think this just about sums up the attitude of people in this town. Nobody is 'forcing' vegetarianism upon you or anyone else. It's about being a little bit more mindful about what you are eating. I'm sure that many customers of Sprout weren't vegetarians, they just enjoyed eating good food that was healthy. The fact that the meal contained no meat was probably irrelevant. It is a shame that mindlessly shoveling dead animals down your throat in McCruelty is preferable for most people. Personally, as a vegetarian, I am sick of being forced to look at shrink wrapped, pumped up death in the supermarkets, sick of smelling fried carcasses being pumped out of greasy takeaways. Tired of seeing adverts for 200 chicken beaks for 25p from Farmfoods...Viva Sprout Cafe. .http://www.peta.org /videos/meet-your-me at/ WAKE UP WAKE UP.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the right honourable MozArmy1. How exactly were Sprout forcing vegetarianism on anyone, let alone your good self 'Ste'? It's hardly as if you struggle to get a meat-based meal in Blackburn is it? Sprout was a top quality alternative that was loved by its regular base of customers, unfortunately it was the victim of a harsh economic climate in this region that's been left behind by successive governments, and by a lack of council support. Equally, not everybody who ate at Sprout was vegetarian, MozArmy1 is quite right, people went to Sprout because they were local leaders in fresh, healthy and top quality food. Why don't you, your friends and family open your mind and try a meal without something that had to die for your plate? Sounds like it would do you good, and it certainly would do the animal good. CosmicChancer
  • Score: 5

11:27am Wed 26 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

ste.g wrote:
places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.
Are you familiar with the word "misanthrope"? If not, look it up!
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: places like this are of no use to me and my friends/family unless there is meat on the menu.maybe more would have used it if you had given options instead of trying to force vegetarianism on us.[/p][/quote]Are you familiar with the word "misanthrope"? If not, look it up! Darren1951
  • Score: 3

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