I’m a Clarence Valley girl, born and bred, and together with my partner Chris we own and manage Yum Yum Angourie Café and General Store. Chris is a Welshman from Penarth, just outside of Cardiff. He fell in love with Australia while having a gap year and vowed to return one day to pursue his love of sun, surf and cooking. We met many moons ago while hunting for vintage bibs and bobs.
Chris has always worked in the hospitality industry, cooking different cuisines as well as running a catering business as a side project in Penarth. Chris returned to Australia and found a job at Fishy Fishy at Lennox Head … dream come true.
Our hope was to create a homely space, something different from the usual.
Chris was living in Byron and I lived in Yamba. The highway became our friend. We wanted Yamba to be home as my childhood and lifestyle very much mirrored Chris’. We had seen that Angourie Café and General Store was for sale and talked and dreamt about the idea of buying it. It was an iconic little store dating back to the 1970s. We decided to turn our dream into a reality and buy the business. Our first change was to put our mark on the place so it portrayed who we were as its new owners. Our hope was to create a homely space, something different from the usual.
Chris grew up on a farm in Penarth. Chris’ Dad was a hunter and gatherer and the family were treated to duck and pheasant on a regular basis. Grassroot vegetables were grown and stored to last the winter … a slow-paced lifestyle in tune with the environment. He can always remember eating fresh and in season. Our breakfast and lunch menus carry on this philosophy today. Chris changes his menu on a regular basis according to the availability of produce, which he tries to source locally where possible.
As for me, I wake in the early hours while the world is quiet and bake all things sweet. Displayed on our counter is an array of delicious home baked biscuits, slices and cakes. We also sell quality products that we personally endorse – beautiful cookbooks, magazines, fresh rose posies and produce from the farmer’s market where you get to know the person who grew them. We also have laundry, bathroom and pantry supplies, again sourced locally where possible. A true general store.
Yum Yum Angourie Café and General Store pays homage to all things that Chris and I love. We wanted our café to be a place that beckons people in, where the customer feels valued and welcome, and where they can ponder awhile to take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying wholesome, slow food.