New crêperie brings flavour of France to the Market Hall

A taste of France has come to Shrewsbury Market Hall with the opening of an authentic crêperie.

Les Crêpes De Sophie, specialising in traditionally made French crêpes and Belgian waffles, has been launched by Frenchwoman Sophie Carron and her English partner Mathew Hocking.

Also on the menu of the colourful eatery and takeaway are authentic milkshakes made with real ice cream, Welsh fairtrade tea, including ‘Les Crêpes de Sophie’ own Breakfast blend, locally roasted coffee and artisan cider and Belgian beer.

After 10 years working as an English teacher in Northern France, Sophie decided to swap her chalk for a spatula and move to England to follow her passion for crêpes.

“Crêpes have been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. In fact the first thing I ever cooked was a crêpe! In Northern France crêpes were always part of our days out, family get-togethers and Christmas markets and they were often the highlight of the day,” she said.

“In our shop we have created an atmosphere for people to relax, enjoy a crêpe and, if they want, they can speak French with Sophie – she’s starting to forget!” said Mathew.

“We’ve done quite a few farmer’s markets and events in preparation for the shop, including Newtown Food Festival and Ludlow Food Festival where we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for authentic French crepes and waffles.”

All crêpes are made fresh using local ingredients. Fillings range from the classic, such as Nutella and lemon & sugar, and specialities from Sophie’s home region, like Speculoos, made with cinnamon & ginger paste, through to Sophie’s own fillings, including apples and sultanas cooked in cider and topped with vanilla ice cream.

“Cider has always accompanied crêpes particularly well and for our shop we’ve sourced some of the best cider from Herefordshire and South Wales,” added Sophie.

To reflect Sophie’s roots in Flanders, the crêperie stocks a selection of some rare Belgian beers, such as Westvleteren and St Bernardus.

Situated on the first floor of the Market Hall, in Claremont Street, Shrewsbury, Les Crêpes De Sophie can seat 12 people and most crêpes and drinks are available to takeaway.

Sophie will also be selling crêpes and waffles at the Spooktacular Halloween event in The Quarry, Shrewsbury, on Saturday October 26.

In addition, the business is available for outside catering for events, birthdays, weddings, and office parties.  www.facebook.com/lescrepesdesophie

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