We made a welcome return to visiting our about local, independent traders recently and we paid a visit to La Baguette, a small friendly cafe on Regent Street opposite the County Borough Museum and the Arts College.
There has been a cafe in the building for 21 years and for the last six it has been run and owned by Matt McHale. The cafe is perfectly placed for anyone walking into town, arriving by bus or train.
The staff are very helpful and whilst we were talking to them it became clear they all know what they’re doing with the customer being the first priority.
La Baguette has also been recognised in the prestigious Wrexham Tourism Awards this year when it was named as Best Cafe/Tea Room for 2017 beating off strong competition from across the county borough.
As you’d expect by the name, their speciality is baguettes with fillings ranging from prime topside of beef to Pastrami, cream cheese and wholegrain mustard but you can also get sandwiches, salad bowls, soup and baked potatoes, toast, crumpets, omelette or a breakfast special.
Prices are very reasonable, especially for those of us who pick up our lunch in town and there’s a student discount of 10% – good business thinking when you’re opposite an Art College!
At the moment their best seller is the Christmas special “roast turkey breast, bacon, sausage, sage and onion seasoning with cranberry sauce plus a mince pie all for £3.75.
La Baguette are also happy to undertake corporate lunches and cater for private buffets and we know how good these are as he has supplied many a buffet for the media during election counts – courtesy of Wrexham.com.
As a sole trader, marketing can be expensive but La Baguette along with many of our other town centre traders takes full advantage of social media and they’re also a very keen participant in all town centre matters.
“Wrexham people are nice and very friendly”
We asked Matt what he thought of Wrexham people and he said: “Wrexham people are nice and very friendly, that’s why I chose to buy this cafe. They get along great with our staff and I couldn’t ask for more pleasant people to be working for and with.”
We also asked what they thought about the new arts and markets facility – Tŷ Pawb – which Matt welcomes as a new initiative in the town centre which should see improved numbers in the town centre. He’s also keen to hear what’s happening with the old BHS and TJ Hughes’ building which are currently empty.
Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said:
“La Baguette is a great example of a business that knows its customer base and is willing to be flexible to make sure the customer is always happy. Good luck for the future and I’ll be sure to drop in soon.”
La Baguette is open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 3pm and Saturday 10.30am to 2.30pm
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