Good food on the menu at new cafe in Grimsby's Seafood Village
HUNGRY dock workers will enjoy hearty meals at a new 1960s-themed café in Grimsby's Seafood Village.
Mother-and-daughter team Denise White and Debs Harrison hope their homemade meals at Carnaby's Cafe will bring a sense of community back to the docks.
The pair's main trade comes from workers, but Denise, 62, and Debs, 45, are keen to attract the wider public – including school trips and the evening scooter scene, which is big in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
For Denise, whose father was a fisherman, running her own cafe is a dream come true.
She said: "When I was little, my dad used to bring me down the docks. There would be trawler after trawler, and fishermen would be waving.
"Everyone got the day off school and we would go and pay the bills and dad would treat me to a new dress.
"The docks will never be like that again, but everyone needs food – that will never change."
The café serves hot and cold food, from traditional "greasy spoon" fare to fresh sandwiches and beef stew.
Debs is involved in the scooter scene and thinks the venue, with its large car park, is the perfect place for enthusiasts to meet.
But at the heart of everything they do are the workers.
Debs said: "Some of the lads have been at work since 3am. They want to get on with their work but need good food and hot drinks to get them through the day. We are both very excited about the regeneration of the docks and we want to play a part in livening it up again and bring it back to the good old days."
They have already won the hearts of their customers, who are growing in numbers every day. Fish merchant John Patterson, of JPC Foods, said: "We all work really hard. The ladies are super and working just as hard to give the lads on the fish docks what they need. They serve great food at good prices."
And Guy Baslington, 36, director of Carrera Engineering, said: "It looks really good. There are a few places on the docks to eat, but none as new as this."
For more information about the café, phone 07423 063705.