Keemlaw runs with Kelly Holmes cafe

Aylesford-based dealer Keemlaw has fitted out a cafe owned by former Olympic athlete, Dame Kelly Holmes.

Café 1809 (pronounced one eight oh nine) in Hildenborough, Kent, is named after the number Holmes wore winning both her Olympic golds at the Athens 2004 games.

She wanted to create a community hub with the café in her home town and an attractive meeting and social space as well as generating employment locally.

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Upstairs in what used to be the newsagents where Holmes earned pocket money doing paper rounds, there are now meeting and small cinema rooms with a beauty therapy section to come.

Inside 1809 the focus is on a large display counter packed with breads, pastries, cakes and treats and gluten free products, as well as retail space highlighting produce from the surrounding area including regional wines.

Out back past the smoothies section and frozen yoghurt machine, is a brightly lit seating area and a rear garden with racks for more than 30 bikes as encouragement for customers to get active.

Keemlaw carried out the kitchen and servery installation, which included a Meiko ECO530 dishwasher mounted on a support stand to bring the machine up to an ergonomic working height in what is a narrow space.

The front loading glass or dish washing machine can handle up to 30 baskets per hour and comes with Meiko’s 2-year warranty.

1809 manager Jade Cooper praised Meiko Technical Services as “efficient” because Meiko assisted the staff with engineer support and additional training to help them cope with washing and handling the large volume of dishware, glasses and cutlery.

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