A little background to Café Allez!
Well – our van made the French connection obligatory. And the French use “Allez!” to cheer on their team or encourage their friends – it means “Go On!” And many cyclists will recognise the call of “Allez! Allez!” as cycling fans spur on their favourites in the Tour De France. We love that kind of passion and positivity here at Café Allez!
Having successfully established Café Allez! as a premium mobile coffee shop, we realised our ‘bricks and mortar’ coffee shop dream when we opened Café Allez! Belvoir Castle in May, 2019. Thanks to our outstanding team and total commitment to quality produce and service, we gained a wonderful, loyal customer base. A multi-thousand signature petition was launched by one of those customers to try to persuade our landlords to extend our lease, but sadly this wasn’t an option and Café Allez! Belvoir Castle closed in March, 2022.
For the time being, the team are fully focused on our mobile operation, alongside our recently launched coffee consultancy service to help others in the industry deliver an outstanding coffee offer.
Introducing the Café Allez! founders...
The oldest team member (just!), Henri is a 1972 Citroën HY van. He is a fine example of a model that was produced from 1947 to 1981, but was rarely sold in the UK. He was restored to his current glory in 2015 after a life of hard work in Avignon. He’s left hand drive and only has 3 gears and, without power steering, every trip is a minor work-out. He’s now proudly boasting a Fracino espresso coffee machine, oak counters, LED lighting and all the catering equipment needed to make your event a success.
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He left his career in the corporate world recently to establish Café Allez! with Claire – as a way of combining his love of good coffee and food with a passion for classic cars. The Citroën connection goes way back for Mark as his first car was a 2CV. Mark is a keen (ie. not talented) cyclist and runner, so is well placed to support running and cycling events.
Claire left her career as a Finance Director for a chain of school academies to join Café Allez! full time in May 2018, having been pivotal in establishing Café Allez!. She also loves to cook and has successfully managed the most demanding clients of all when she ran (and catered for) a Girl Guide unit in our area.