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Hartlepool café celebrates a quarter of a century in business

Hartlepool’s much-loved café, The Galleries – the home of the frothy coffee – is celebrating a landmark birthday as it reaches 25 years this week.

Appropriately taking place on Wednesday 25 October, the café will be hosting a variety of exciting party activities throughout the day with one special guest taking centre stage. Christine Monaghan, will also be marking this special day as one of the longest serving employees of The Galleries, joining the team on its opening day back in 1992.

Commenting on this significant anniversary, Robert Hall, manager of The Galleries, said: “To reach this milestone is a great achievement for us, and I’m also absolutely thrilled to be able to congratulate Christine on 25 years as the longest serving employee. She has worked so hard since the beginning and has played a huge part in making The Galleries what it has become today.”

Christine initially started working full time, serving up dishes on the café’s food counter, but over the years this has now reduced to three days. She said: “I love working here and have met so many wonderful people, with some becoming close friends.

“The Galleries is not just a place to eat and drink, but somewhere people can come and relax with others while enjoying our delicious food – and of course our frothy coffees – which is what we’ve become known for in Hartlepool.”

The café is using this birthday as an opportunity to thank its customers – some of whom have been visiting since it first opened – as well as raising money for Christine’s favourite charity, Butterwick Hospice.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy a tombola and raffle with the chance to win a wide selection of goodies, a range of fantastic offers such as free ice-cream with every child’s meal and a free re-fill with any hot drink purchased with a freshly cooked meal, as well as face painting for the younger members of the local community.

Mark Rycraft, Middleton Grange Centre Manager, said: “It is a great achievement for a local business such as The Galleries to reach 25 years. The café has played a pivotal role within the centre as a venue for customers to have a break from their shopping trip.

“The fact it has remained a thriving business for more than two decades is testament to the fact it has excellent customer service and a strong product offering.  They are constantly updating their menu with a wide range of drinks such as smoothies, frappes and speciality coffees as well as a mouth-watering selection of meals which keeps customers returning. We wish the team continued success and look forward to working with The Galleries for many more years to come.”