Salisbury cafe bringing local Swedish community together

Salisbury cafe bringing local Swedish community together

Published at 1:55pm 7th June 2019.

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The team at Swedish Den say they're surprised by how many Scandinavians there are in South Wiltshire!

The Catherine Street cafe has been open for a few weeks now, and it's already becoming a hub for people hailing from Sweden and wanting their own taste of home!

Owner Rebecca McKay has been busy developing their menu, full of Swedish traditional dishes.

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The traditional Swedish meatballs are a staple on the Swedish Den menu

And Rebecca says they've been shocked at how often they need to use the Swedish language in the cafe!

Click play to hear more for her about the first couple of weeks of trading:

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Cinnamon buns have been one of the most popular additions to the menu

The cafe's also been celebrating Sweden's National Day this week:

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An accordion played helped the cafe to mark Sweden's national day

MENU BEING UPDATED ALL THE TIME:

As well as the meatballs and open sandwiches we'd come to expect from Scandinavian cuisine, there's also plenty of local delicacies available to take home and try for yourself.

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The Swedish product area is a popular part of the cafe

Popular sweets, condiments and snacks have been brought in, providing a trip down memory lane for some of their customers from the motherland!

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The flags have been flying at Swedish Den in Catherine Street

And the cafe is looking to cater for all, following early requests from people with special dietary requirements:

CATERING FOR FAMILIES:

Swedish Den is also hoping to become a family favourite for people in Salisbury.

They've transformed part of their site into a play area for little ones - and some kids at heart too!

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The already well loved play area is proving to be a great addition

As well as the toys, there's a retro gaming area, with old school Nintendo machines set up for customers to play on.

There's also a reassurance for parents with a CCTV screen from the play area visible throughout the cafe so they can keep an eye on their children.

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Take a seat on the traditional Swedish horse!

Swedish Den is also joining forces with other businesses, by signing up to the Salisbury Indies group.

They're also using local suppliers like Wylye Valley Meats and Genius Coffee in Tisbury in their menu.

ALREADY RECRUITING MORE STAFF:

The success of Swedish Den so far has taken Rebecca by surprise - so much so that after only a couple of weeks, they're already looking to boost their staff numbers.

Help in the kitchen and with serving customers is where they're particularly looking for help.

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The cafe has taken over the space that was the Kandi Lounge bar in Salisbury

Pop in to the cafe on Catherine Street to find out more.

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