In the Local News
Tiny Tim’s Tearoom was featured in the local newspaper this week after an interview with the founder Jo Dench-Owens and her husband Phil Owens. The article is below:
Tiny Tim’s is a big success
THIS week we spoke to Jo Dench-Owens, the founder of Tiny Tim’s Tearoom in St Margaret’s Street, Canterbury. She told us what is the best and worst thing about running your own business, why she thinks Canterbury is a great place to trade and which of their popular food choices you simply cannot miss out on.
How long have you run your own tearoom and what is your background in the business?
Tiny Tim’s opened its doors on April 19, 2007. We are a small independent family-run quintessential English tearoom voted Top Tearoom in Kent 2015. We pride ourselves on our fresh scones and cakes baked daily on the premises and our mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu made with simple local quality ingredients. All our dishes are prepared from scratch in-house and cooked to order.
What is the best thing about running your own business?
I would say being able to make our own decisions and use our creativity.
What is the worst thing about running your own business?
The very very very long hours! We are on call 24/7 for anything that might go awry.
Why did you decide to enter the tearoom business?
Out of sheer madness… and a love of food, tea and baking.
What’s the most memorable moment since you’ve been at Tiny Tim’s?
Winning the Top Tea Place in Kent at the Kent Food and Drink Awards last year.
Why is Canterbury a great place to do business?
Canterbury has a hugely diverse demographic. We cater to people from so many different backgrounds, countries, age groups and social standing. Students and their families, tourists from abroad, visitors from the rest of the UK, locals from inside the ‘wall’, locals from further out, clergy, teachers, lecturers, television personalities… we get it all in Canterbury. And we love it!
How many people do you employ and are they local?
We employ anywhere between 15 to 25 people at any given time and, yes, I believe they are all local to Kent.
What’s next for Tiny Tim’s Tearoom?
At Tiny Tim’s, we are going to keep doing what we are doing to the best of our ability. Feeding the good people of Canterbury home-baked treats and serving an exceptional pot of tea.
Any particular food you wish to highlight?
You simply cannot miss out on one of our freshly baked Plump Pilgrims.
But you’ll have to be quick – they sell out every day!