Woman fills life long café dream

Susan outside the Lawrence Centre where she has opened a cafe
Susan outside the Lawrence Centre where she has opened a cafe

AN EASTWOOD woman who grew up a stone’s throw away from the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre has fulfilled a lifelong ambition after opening a bistro at the iconic site she visited as a child.

Susan Bostock, who has 23 years’ experience in catering, was made redundant from Nottinghamshire Fire Service earlier this year after spending 16 years as a cook at Beeston Fire Station.

But she is now welcoming visitors to The Colliery Bistro at the Lawrence Centre in Mansfield Road.

“I’ve always had a passion for catering so when the opportunity came up to set up my own bistro at a place I used to visit as a child, it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss,” said Susan.

“Having lived in Eastwood all my life, I recognise how important the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre is to the area and this is a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for creating affordable, hearty and freshly-made meals and light bites with local people.”

The DH Lawrence Heritage Centre, Birthplace Museum and The Colliery Bistro will re-open in the New Year on Tuesday January 3.

Each facility is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10am until 4pm.

Susan will be offering a daily menu for visitors including breakfasts, sandwiches from just £2.50, main meals from £3.95 and homemade cakes from just £2.

Two-course Sunday lunches will also be available between 12noon and 3pm from January 8 and she will also be doing special function and wedding catering.

Cabinet member for arts, culture and leisure, Cllr Richard Robinson, said: “Broxtowe Borough Council is delighted to welcome Susan and The Colliery Bistro to the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre to complement the outstanding heritage, wedding and conference facilities already on offer.

“We’re confident that The Colliery Bistro will offer high-quality catering and we’re proud that the name of the bistro reflects the heritage of the site and the proud history of the local area.”