There’s no place like home for new sandwich bar

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Mother of two Sue Brown loves working from ‘home’.

Sue, 62, and daughter Lucy Harper, 38, have just opened a new Chorley town centre sandwich bar called Rosie Posies.

But it has been an emotional journey to get back to where she feels she really belongs.

The shop - named after her late mother Rosie Bolton, who died at the age of 96 - launched in Farrington Street at the back of the police station last Monday.

Sue bought the property with a view to converting it into a sandwich bar with a flat above 18 months ago.

She and her daughters had lived in the same house previously for 15 years, but sold it and moved to another house in Hornchurch Drive, Chorley.

Her former Farrington Street home was turned into offices.

But Sue had always wanted to open a café and jumped at the chance when the property became available - turning it into the new venture.

She said: “I used to take my daughters to Raffles in Preston and sat there and thought that’s what I’m looking to do.”

She continued: “In the last two years we have been hit with tragedies when my husband Pete, 67, died followed by my mum a few months later and then this property came up for sale and we just thought ‘is this fate’?

“The property was a terraced property, about 100 years old, so has charm and tradition and we have tried to keep this not only by retaining the fire place but by the food we want to cook.

“We are cooking most of our food from scratch, so our meats will be home cooked, as will our pies and cakes. Some of them are recipes form my mum. We want to look after the environment by making sure our packaging is recyclable.

“It’s beneficial for me. It keeps me busy and it’s like a dream come true.

“We’ve always wanted to do something like this and said, let’s have a go. If it doesn’t work, we’ve had a go.”

Sue, a former boss’s secretary with waste management company Sita, added: “I’ve never done anything like this before in my life. Lucy’s more towards the catering side.

“We’ve met some lovely people already. Chorley people are the best.

“They’re friendly and forgiving, as we’re not as fast and efficient as we should be at the moment.”