As a linguist who has been fortunate enough to travel and live abroad, Abda found that in every country she visited she could see the unique culture’s heart and soul reﬂected in the countries’ food and drink.
In 2014, Abda started her business journey by setting up AB’s Bakery.
AB’s Bakery started as a fusion bakery inspired by the techniques of Middle Eastern baking and the sophisticated ﬂavours of European patisseries.
In a growing multicultural society, fusion is becoming an increasingly popular cuisine and felt there was a market for Middle Eastern fusion.
Abda felt there was something missing; her love of Argentinian Mate and Arabic Mint Tea spurred her on to open her travel themed coﬀee shop... bringing Abda’s to fruition.
Abda aimed to provide great tea and coﬀee from around the world in a fun and comfortable environment, where everyone is welcome.
We quickly established a lovely little community amongst staff and customers. We have seen customers turn into friends and family and hope that everyone feels they can find a safe place at Abda.
After battling through numerous Covid-19 Lockdowns, takeaway only and endless restrictions, we were unfortunately hit by flooding in January 2021.
Our lovely little coffee shop was devasted. We lost everything but the coffee machine! This left us stripped right down to our sub floor and forced us to completely rebuild.
With your help, our wonderful staff were able to raise over £12K towards helping us recover. It’s frequently repeated, but we genuinely would not still be here today without your continued support, and for this we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
CACAO - CAKE - CUISINE
In 2022, we founded our second business: HALA.
Named after and inspired by our Mama, Hala.
Over at Hala, we produce handcrafted chocolates, celebration cakes, wedding cakes and Cultural Fusion catering from scratch to original recipes.
Inclusive of allergies and dietary requirements.
We serve and sell a range of allergy aware, gluten-free and vegan food, as well as specialty coffees, teas and hot chocolates. Check out our menu and explore the world through food and drink.
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