Cheers! Popular Newcastle venue Blakey's Cafe Bar is celebrating 40 years in business

BID would like to congratulate BLAKEY'S CAFE BAR on a successful 40 years of trading.

Babetta and Stewart Blakeman opened Candles wine bar, in Newcastle, in 1977 with their son Martin, the Paradise Street venue is believed to have been the first venue in Staffordshire to exclusively sell wine.

Over the past four decades the family-run business has had to diversify and adapt in order to remain successful and this month the venue – which now goes under the name of Blakey's Cafe Bar – marks its 40th birthday.

Today Blakey's boasts a 15-strong team of staff who help to serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals as well as a large selection of drinks including wine, spirits, cocktails and craft beers as well as presenting live music and open mic evenings four times a week.

Fifty-eight-year-old Martin, who lives in the Westlands, said: “When we opened Candles in 1977 we were the first place in Staffordshire to do what we were doing. We were a wine bar.  In 2000, I took over full-time and decided we needed to introduce new things, so we started selling spirits, a full-range of cocktails and coffee, as well as other things like serving food in the evenings.

We've had to make changes over the years, such as when the smoking ban was introduced; but we took that as an opportunity to refurbish the beer garden and smoking area outside, which is very popular with customers."

Well done Blakey's....

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