Ravinder Crone | Award winning and published wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer | Creating beautiful, creative and contemporary imagery with a timeless feel. Based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, working internationally and across the UK, locally covering Buckinghamshire, London, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Kent.
Back in September, I met husband and wife team Jenny and Lee Jaggar, business owners and directors of Cod & Waffle Restaurant based locally in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
I think is always interesting how one meets people, Cod & Waffle were referred to me by my husband as they were one of his clients as he runs his own electrical company called CroneTek. As time goes by you realise how it is such a small world we live in, Jenny and Lee are in the same street as us in Linslade. 😉 Leighton Buzzard is lovely little market town, near to the Chiltern Hills and near to Milton Keynes and only 30 minutes by train to London. It’s great having the countryside on our doorstep and being so near to the city too.
Always nice working on new projects of getting small business owners setup with their photography for their new business website and social media. Cod & Waffle had a private two days of menu tasting inviting people who had been instrumental in helping setup their business before their opening day on Wednesday, 7th September. On Friday, 2nd September we agreed I would shoot on location and use this opportunity to photograph some shots behind the scenes in the kitchen with Head Chef Lee and his assistant chef. Then as the food was being prepared in a live environment before being served to the clients I shot everything natural light and had about 1 minute to 2 minutes per serving to capture on my camera. We photographers just love working under pressure!
I asked Jenny to tell me their story of how they came to running their own business and in her own words she said:
“Lee and I have both worked in the catering sector since leaving catering college. We were self-employed as caterers at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club until August this year with almost 10 years’ service at the club. We have between us over 45+ years industry experience.
We have been really excited to open Cod & Waffle in September. We are both passionate about the good service of freshly prepared food. We wanted to create a casual, family-friendly dining experience with a unique menu concept.
We prepare almost everything on the menu from scratch, using free-range eggs, local butcher’s meats and fresh produce. We use our own unique waffle and fish batters. Gluten free waffles and fish and chips are available every day, and our potatoes arrive fresh and are peeled, chipped and twice-cooked for a “proper chip”.
Our menu is clearly marked with several gluten free and vegetarian options. Our licensed restaurant is spacious with highchairs, baby-change, disabled access and free wi-fi all available.
We offer a light two course meal for over 55’s on Mondays and Tuesdays for £7.50 and currently have a set festive menu. All are current specials are displayed in the restaurant and our social media pages.”
After my shoot both my husband and I had lunch (I love my job). I had a waffle served with smoked salmon and poached eggs, some garnish, drizzled with balsamic vinegar – it was simply delicious. I managed to taste my husband’s lunch too as one does – he ordered fish and chips, the batter was so light and mouth-watering. And as for the desserts, I won’t tell you which ones I tried – it was certainly more than one and all tasted amazingly yummy!
The staff are very friendly, polite and well presented – you feel you have been going there for years. The setting has quite a lot of natural light, modern and contemporary with easy parking.
Thank you to the owners Jenny & Lee (Head Chef) for making us feel so welcome and cooking such wonderful food. Highly recommend Cod & Waffle as one of the top places to eat in Leighton Buzzard now. Wishing you both much success with your new business venture.
So if you fancy going out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner you can get in touch with Jenny and Lee Jagger at Cod & Waffle via the following:
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