Company name
The Green Lantern Cafe and Bakery


What town/city are you based in?
Great Torrington North Devon

Number of generations
3rd generation


Number of employees


Tell us about your family business (What you do, how you started, who’s involved etc)
We are a small business which started in 1985 when my sister Pamela went into business with 2 friends 5 years later she and her daughter bought them out and continued to grow the business, we run a small bakery and cafe where nearly everything is made on The premises even the pastry we use to make our pasty’s. We sell home cooked food in the cafe with some modern dishes thrown in as well but we are known for our good ole fry ups.

Unfortunately, my sister’s husband passed away in February 2016 which is where I joined to help out to then sadly we lost Pamela at the beginning of this year leaving the business in the hands of her daughters Samantha. When our father retired some years ago he came to work in the cafe and still does no at the ripe age of 95 years doing the washing up.
My 3 children have and still work with us on Saturdays and school holidays.

What’s your proudest moment/biggest achievement as a family business?
Obviously being nominated for this award is a big deal for us, when we first started the business we had the honour of catering for his HRH Prince Edward when he visited our town.

What do you love about being a family business?
Just being able to be together and building something together