Becks and Scarlett thrive on creativity at Method cafe in Kendal
Businesses in Kendal are taking part in #yourewelcomekendal, a campaign to promote all the fantastic cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, producers and food retailers in the town.
As part of the campaign we’ve been catching up with the people behind the businesses to find out why they do what they do.
Becks Newton runs Method Cafe, on Stramongate, alongside her partner Scarlett Meyer. The pair, who both like working out, previously ran the cafe from Fell Crossfit, on the Beezon Road Trading Estate, before moving to their new premises in November 2021.
Before setting up on their own they worked at well-known south Cumbrian eateries including Homeground, in Windermere, and Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge. Becks grew up in Windermere, while Scarlett is originally from Warrington.
“I’ve always worked in the industry and I worked my way up gradually to be head chef at Homeground, but it was always our dream to have our own place,” says Becks.
“Scarlett is a really passionate baker and we just work off each other really well. We’ve really had a really great response to Method so far and we’re really enjoying it. We’re really excited for the future and moving forward with the business.
“Method is all about daytime eating and we like to put as much thought and as much care into what we do in the daytime as other people would do in the evening. We don’t see that there should be any difference in service, we think the food should have the same amount of respect, care, love and attention. It should be a great experience and you should be well looked after.
“We just like to cook the food that we like and make it super tasty with a little quirk or something a little bit interesting here and there. We love to go to the city for brunch and we want to bring a little bit of that to Kendal and give people a varied choice and a good experience. We just try and make sure that our dishes are creative and one off and unique.
“One of the best things about being in the Lake District is that everybody helps everyone else. If you’ve got an issue or question there’s so many people you could turn to. There are so many fantastic local suppliers we work with like Rob at Roast Mutton who we go to for our meat, or Sabina from Grain and then there’s the fishmonger literally across the road. We also get all our bread from Lovingly Artisan at Plumgarths. We want to use as many local people like that and support them as much as we can.
“The thing I like the most about running Method is the creativity it gives you. There are just so many different things that I want to do, I have to rein it in sometimes. That’s what gets us up in the morning, just wanting to play with food and eat it.”
You can check out Method on Instagram and Facebook.
#yourewelcomekendal is being funded by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund. The Welcome Back Fund is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
© Harry Atkinson 24/02/2022. Method, Kendal, Cumbria, UK.