But Jessica Taylor insists that adding the day visitor market to dispensing wasn’t a decision taken on the hoof.
The 26-year-old, who runs Taylors Pharmacy in Brewery Lane, has taken over Goats on the Roof, a unique tourism attraction which mixes rare breeds with refreshments.
The coffee shop, located by Fontburn Reservoir on the B6342 road from Wallington to Rothbury, really does what it says on the tin – it has a herd of Bagot goats who graze on its living roof of sedum.
The venue, which boasts a children’s play area and offers a range of food supplied by Rothbury Bakery, is reopening for the summer season on Good Friday (April 18) and during Easter weekend visiting children will also be able to feed the lambs.
It will then be open every weekend until October and is being managed by Jill Johnson, who works weekdays at Jessica’s pharmacy as a checking technician.
Jessica explained how she came to be running a chemists and a coffee shop: “Me and my fiancé Anthony have bought Fontburn Farm and the shop actually came with the land. Jill was interested in running it, so we will be reopening for the summer season on Easter weekend.
“It’s a really unusual visitor attraction in a lovely location overlooking Fontburn Reservoir, and with the play area and the animals is great for the children. We are hoping for a busy summer.”
Goats on the Roof first opened in 2010 with funding from the Rural Development Programme for England and former regional development agency One North East. Its inspiration was a similar project in the Canadian province British Columbia.
The coffee shop will be open from 10am to 4.30pm from Good Friday until Easter Monday and then every weekend until October. For more information call 01669 621739.
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