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Serving up community spirit as Marie's Tea Room opens for business in Gravesend High Street

A tea room named after the owner’s nan launched with a little help from young volunteers.

Graham Broadbent, 26, from Northfleet, owns and manages Marie’s Tea Room in Gravesend High Street.

He said: “The tea room is named after my nan because we spent a lot of time together baking.

“I just love baking. I use my nan’s recipes and some of my own.”

Greg Thompson, Bev Keith, Kye Burnham, Debbie Powell, and Graham Broadbent.

On the menu are homemade tarts, scones, cake and cupcakes plus different types of tea.

Mr Broadbent has also renamed croque-monsieur – a toasted cheese and ham sandwich – croque-marie.

Mr Broadbent is a Scout leader and some of the Scouts helped get the tea room ready.

He said: “Everyone’s come together to help us decorate.”

Open just a few weeks, he is already considering social nights for groups such as those interested in IT, has bookings for parties and a baby shower, and is considering outside catering too.

He said: “I want to have some clubs in the evenings, such as ‘tea natter’.

“A lot of elderly people have spoken to me about this as they want a social evening.

“I want to build on the community and spirit.”

It is already proving a hit. Jackie Nelson-Salt, who was enjoying tea and cheese scones, said: “The place is very inviting and I have enjoyed my food.”

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