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Business idea springs from love of cheese

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David Thompson Thompsons Bistro in Sudbury who's company Thompson and Warterman make handmade cheese trolleys for hotels and restaurants. ANL-140723-213947009

Mark Westley Photography David Thompson Thompsons Bistro in Sudbury who's company Thompson and Warterman make handmade cheese trolleys for hotels and restaurants. ANL-140723-213947009

Sudbury bistro owner David Thompson has a new passion in life – cheese trolleys.

According to David, who runs Thompson’s in Gainsborough Street, more and more hotels and restaurants are finding them an essential accoutrement, as they provide chilled compartments to keep cheese at just the right temperature. They also feature wine racks and extendable serving areas.

He and business partner Alan Waterman, who is a precision engineer, have set up a business designing and making them.

The company, called Thompson & Waterman, has already supplied trolleys to some of the world’s leading restaurants and hotels, including the Landau restaurant in London’s Langham Hotel, as well as at Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel in Scotland.

David said: “My obsession to create the finest cheese trolleys imaginable developed from my early visits to the Paris cheese market in Rungis, and was later refined by visits to the hotel school in Lausanne and to Simpson’s in the Strand.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, David co-founded the business to fulfil his dream to create “exclusive, luxury cheese trolleys that would last a lifetime”.

He said Albert Roux, owner of Le Gavroche, described the company’s trolley as “the most beautiful cheese trolley – very imaginative”.

For more information, go to www.thompsonandwaterman.co.uk.

 

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