Vegetarian and art café opens

PUBLISHED: 09:34 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 09 July 2015

Cafe Sketch  Cheddar Brother and sister Sacha and Katriana Atkinson.

Cafe Sketch Cheddar Brother and sister Sacha and Katriana Atkinson.

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A VEGETARIAN café with regular art and poetry nights has been opened.

Cafe Sketch  Cheddar Brother and sister Sacha and Katriana Atkinson  with mum Patricia.Cafe Sketch Cheddar Brother and sister Sacha and Katriana Atkinson with mum Patricia.

Brother and sister team Katrina and Sacha Atkinson have launched Café Sketch in Union Street, Cheddar, helped out by their mum Patricia.

Homemade cakes and gluten-free options are available, as well as soups made from organic and locally-sourced produce.

Katrina works as an artist, and said she wanted to create a place to celebrate art, and where other creative people could meet.

Katrina said: “There’s a lot of creativity in Cheddar, but no one point of contact.

“I felt a café was the way people could meet and chat.

“We had the idea for years, but last year we realised a café along from us had closed and we went from there.

“I think a lot of cafes in the village offer breakfasts and traditional afternoon tea, but we wanted to do something different and more funky.”

Café Sketch is also open in the evenings, and world food nights, where people can sample cuisines from a range of different countries, will be held regularly.

Katrina said a weekly Tapas evening has already been successful, and Mediterranean and Greek food will also feature in the future.

Katrina is holding painting, drawing and collage classes in the studio behind the café.

Poets will perform at the venue once a month, and Katrina also hopes to attract more music acts.

The venue also has a mini cinema space and a piano.

Artists can hire the studio and exhibition space, and Katrina wants to have visiting artists put their work on the walls.

Katrina said: “We want other people to get involved and try to use us as a community facility.

“The café has quite a quirky look, and we’ve decorated it in work by Picasso, Banksy and Degas.

“It is very different and unique. The floor is all up-cycled and it’s quite an assault on the senses in some ways.”

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