and Yvonne Callaghan have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary
as owners of the Coffee Shop Café at Pontefract Bus Station. During this time
they calculate they have served around 5 million customers, used 900,000 pints
of milk and baked over 3 million bread-cakes.
with around a thousand passengers using Pontefract Bus Station every hour, the
kettle is always on the boil.
“When we first opened in 1975, about 80% of our
customers wanted a cup of tea, which cost 6p, while around 20% would go for a
7p cup of coffee! Today there has been a reversal with our customers now asking
for early morning Lattes, Cappuccinos or Americanos and only 20% wanting a traditional
cup of tea.”
does involve long hours, and I guess between us, Yvonne and I have over 260,000
between. However hearing customers telling us how much they enjoy calling in
makes it all worthwhile.”
and Yvonne have also contributed to the various community days held in
Pontefract Bus Station which have raised over £10,000 for the Prince of Wales
Presenting Nigel and Yvonne with a framed photograph of the cafe, Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined
Authority Transport Committee said:
want to congratulate Nigel and Yvonne on 40 years of first class service.
to their hard work and the warm welcome everyone receives from Nigel and Yvonne,
the Coffee Shop Café has become an institution at Pontefract Bus Station.
with manager Liam and his team, they do a sterling job looking after the
hundreds of thousands of passengers that use our Pontefract Bus Station every
year and they always play an active role in the fundraising community days.”
Bus Station is used by over 4 million passengers every year. As well as the
Coffee Shop Café it also has a newsagent and provides baby changing facilities,
cash machines, gents, ladies and disabled toilets, an Information Help Point,
photo booth and public telephones.