“Once Upon A Time” in Kefalonia

Pictured at Once Upon A Time in Laceby are, from left, Beth Howlett, Kelly Arnold and Eloise Critten

Pictured at Once Upon A Time in Laceby are, from left, Beth Howlett, Kelly Arnold and Eloise Critten

ONCE Upon A Time there was a fledgling eaterie in Laceby, but word soon spread and people would flock from miles around to sample its charms.

Fast forward to today and thousands of satisfied customers later, it’s easy to see how this bustling coffee shop and deli’s riotous success is no fairy tale.

Once Upon A Time, in Cemetery Road, Laceby, prides itself on offering customers that brilliant bruschetta, perfect panini, or sensational salad.

But there’s one runaway delight in particular that’s captured the imagination.

Just mention the word “cheesecake” and watch everyone in the spacious dining area swoon …

“People have gone absolutely crazy for them,” says owner Lisa Dixon, who creates the mouthwatering desserts herself.

“One customer said we had ‘cheesecakes to die for’ which was a great comment and one I will always remember. We have been described as ‘Lincolnshire’s cheesecake factory’, which is kind of fitting!”

Indeed it is, as Once Upon A Time’s sweet treats are so popular, the revered Cadbury’s Creme Egg Cheesecake went viral on Facebook – garnering a staggering 350,000 internet views inside a week. The shop, which opened in December 2012, also sells Ferrero Rocher cheesecake, Dime bar, Baileys, Jammy Dodger and lemon meringue cheesecake to name but a few.

The business also does wedding cheesecakes, too.

Lisa said: “People do like the homemade stuff and it’s great we’re getting such a positive response. We had one customer who enjoyed his afternoon tea so much he said our place was better than The Ritz!”

Proud Lisa, who heads up staff including Eloise Critten, an apprentice from Grimsby College, along with Beth Howlett and Kelly Arnold, says she took inspiration for the business from her time in Greece. She said: “Our friends had a restaurant in Kefalonia, where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed. It was beautiful scenery and it just filled me with such inspiration.

“It has always been a dream of mine to have a coffee shop and gift shop – and here we are!”

Aside from delectable desserts, the shop also stocks local produce from Piper’s Crisps through to products by Saints And Sinners, of Spalding.

Award-winning chutneys such as rhubarb, cherry and chocolate, Lincolnshire ratatouille and mustard-smoked garlic also jostle for space alongside such temptations as jalapeno and lime mustard.

Once Upon A Time, which attracted more than 5,000 likes on Facebook within a year of it opening, used to be home to a two-bed house. It was originally part of a sorting office for the Old Post Office before being renovated into a flat upstairs and the business downstairs.

The rest is just history – much like a slice of Lisa’s cheesecake!

The shop is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

Booking is advisable as it gets very busy at lunch time.

Lisa said: “I make 12 to 16 cheesecakes and they’re often gone by 2pm!”

To book, telephone 01472 488545.

Search for Once Upon A Time coffee shop and deli on Facebook.

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