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New Turnchapel Café to be run by local food entrepreneur

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24 May 2017

With two eateries already running successfully in Devon, local food and beverage entrepreneur Emily Bohnet is taking on a third project – opening The Guard Room Café at Turnchapel Wharf.

Emily is the founder and owner of the Lazy Cow in Modbury, which also operates The Mess Room café at Yacht Haven Quay in Plymouth, and a growing online business; The Lazy Cow Cake Company.

Commenting on the announcement of the new venture, Emily says: “We’re delighted to be taking on this new project of The Guard Room. Turnchapel village is a beautiful location for our new premise and Turnchapel Wharf is becoming a real hub of industry which we’re proud to be supporting.”

Emily continues: “We’ve learnt so much since we opened The Mess Room at Yacht Haven Quay and we’re going to be taking lots of the popular elements with us to The Guard Room. This will include trying to keep the environmental footprint of the entire building as low as possible. We’ll therefore be installing lots of upcycled fittings in addition to the main construction including eco-friendly sourced timber. Inside, our main ethos will always be creating great tasting food by using locally-sourced, quality ingredients. In addition to our popular homemade breads and cakes, we will always keep our Specials Menu refreshed using seasonal produce and recipes to match the weather.”

The new café is Emily’s second venture in partnership with Yacht Havens Group following on from The Mess Room at Yacht Haven Quay which opened in late-2015. The Guard House will be based at Turnchapel Wharf, the former home of the MoD 539 Royal Marines Assault Squadron which has been converted into a modern marine business park with a wide range of blue chip companies and growing local businesses.

On behalf of Yacht Havens Group, Yacht Haven Quay Marina Director Will Rahder, says: “We’ve been working with Emily for several years now and we’ve been so impressed by her enthusiasm, creativity and passion for food. She has made The Mess Room one of the best, and most unique, cafes in Plymouth and it is now the central hub of the Yacht Haven Quay marina community. She was the obvious choice when we were looking for a partner to build and develop a new eatery in Turnchapel and we look forward to working together to make The Guard Room a real success.”

The Guard Room café, located where the old MoD Guard House stood at the edge of Turnchapel Wharf, is due to open in the autumn this year.