This month, our spotlight is on Andrew Harper-Walker, the owner of a much-loved local business, The Patisserie Malton.
Andrew’s journey hasn’t always been easy, and he’s had to overcome plenty of obstacles to reach the point he is now, both personally and for his business.
When he left school, Andrew was told he would never be able to do anything more than menial work due to his dyslexia. But against all odds, he went on to successfully complete catering courses at York College and was later employed by Middlethorpe Hall.
After working at various pubs and cafes, Andrew decided it was time to open his own business – a small sandwich shop in Newbiggin, which was a success.
Yet, he set his sights even higher, and his love always remained in patisserie. So, he eventually secured a site on Saville Street in Malton with the help of Fitzwilliam Malton Estate and worked hard to turn the former kitchenware shop into the bustling café he envisaged.
That was five years ago, and it’s become a firm local favourite for delicious coffees, teas, bakes, breakfast and lunches.
However, it’s not always been plain sailing. Andrew explains that his “life had been turned upside down in the past three or four years”.
In that time, he married his husband, Adam, they bought a house together and everything was going amazingly.
But “After the death of a friend of mine, I decided to slow down and make more time for personal life” says Andrew. He found he was working all hours of the day and travelling great distances to and from his home, which was all taking its toll. As a result, Andrew wanted to sell the business.
However customers and staff have convinced Andrew to stay. The Patisserie is an integral part of the local community, offering a cosy place to meet up with friends and family over some real home baking.
We’re pleased to say that the business is no longer for sale.
Andrew says that as well as making sure the business carries on growing, “My aim is to live life to the full, go travelling with my husband and make proper time for each other”.
Andrew has recently upgraded and updated the shop, which looks amazing. He’s also looking to move closer to Malton.
Despite the stress over the last few years, Andrew’s still as passionate about patisserie – forever looking for new ideas, new flavours and keep expanding an ever-growing menu for customers to enjoy.
Andrew says “It’s all thanks to my amazing staff – the place wouldn’t run without them – as well as the on-going support from customers.”
You can visit The Patisserie Malton, 14 Saville Street, Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 4:30pm.