A Scandinavian-style café in Harrogate launched by a former British army officer using the handwritten recipes of his Norwegian great-grandmother is celebrating its first birthday this month.
Paul Rawlinson trained at Sandhurst alongside Prince William and served in Afghanistan before leaving the Forces in 2011 to marry his wife Katie, a dietitian.
Paul chose his grandmother Liv’s maiden name, Baltzersen, because it conjured up memories of his childhood.
“Scandinavian culture was hugely influential in my upbringing and I grew up with a strong sense of the importance of family, food and health along with a love of simple and effective design,” says Paul.
He then set about finding local suppliers to help him bring his Norwegian heritage to Harrogate.
“The business’s strapline ‘Yorkshire Sourced – Scandinavian Inspired’ sums up the ideas I set out with and I’m delighted that the concept has proved such a success,” he says.
Since opening its doors on Oxford Street Baltzersen’s has sold over 11,000 of its popular cinnamon buns, which are baked on the premises daily using a combination of the best locally and nationally sourced ingredients.
Customers have made their way through 12,000 litres of milk, a tonne of coffee and over 3,000 of them have ordered the café’s top selling Hot Meatball Sandwich.
Finnish head chef Anna Schavikin-Parry was Paul’s first employee and helped him develop the menu.