We.Are.Family....at Baby Bird Cafe CIC, Oswestry

At Baby Bird Café we are proud to be a family business that serves other local families.

Recently at Baby Bird Café, I’ve been thinking a lot about the history (and people) who have made 23 Cross Street and Oswestry their home throughout the years.

Above my office and our classes room, we have another two floors with three rooms each. Looking onto Cross Street, they are beautifully light, with old windows and a couple have gorgeous cast iron fireplaces, once housing little lit fires for the residents who lived upstairs above their shop.

People who worked on their businesses, served their customers, and strove to be part of our town and work with the other businesses who made it flourish.

Back from 1900-1917, JE Abbey ran a Hardware and Small Goods Warehouse from our building – It’s hard to believe our little café once was filled to the rafters with DIY goods, nuts and bolts, just as the guns of World War I were rumbling in Europe.

Maybe the Abbey family looked out from the family rooms above the shop and wondered what the future would hold for them, their family, business and town.

After 1917 there appears to be a lull (often businesses weren’t listed), until 1922 when Bakers Shoes – again a family business – opened, and traded from our little shop until the 1980’s. I wonder who what they thought of all of the changing styles and risqué heel sizes?

As a modern-day family business in Oswestry, we love supporting other local ventures, and we’re proud that the café gets all of its meat from Radfords butchery & deli (established 1920) we stock only British milk, and champion seasonal produce as much as we can.

We also source free-range eggs from our own family flock, made up of a rag-tag mixture of pure breeds and ex-battery hens, and other free range, Shropshire-based or British suppliers because we believe in local food, and giving the families who come through the doors at Baby Bird Cafe what we put on our own dining table at home.