ACCRINGTON is set to get its first taste of bubble waffles thanks to a new dessert café set to open next week.

The cafe 21 Jumpin’ Waffles will be coming to the town thanks to the enterprising skill of three local siblings Zulaikha, Ghanwah and Abdul-Matine Khokar, aged between 19 and 23, and will be serving a range of sweet and savoury dishes, from its specialist bubble waffles, a type of waffle served hot with a variety of toppings, to apple pie and ice cream sundaes, to masala chickpeas and full English breakfasts.

Youngest sibling Abdul-Matine, who is studying for a degree in business management, has been the strategic driving force behind the new business.

He said: “The outlet is for all ages with a bright and cosy environment, along with a creative menu that changes throughout the year and aims to cater to everyone.”

The siblings first decided to embark upon their venture to help revive the town, selecting an outlet in a block of shops that had been derelict for over 20 years.

They were further motivated to bring some cheer to the town after the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the first lockdown.

Though their work has been challenging the siblings have been determined to see their vision through.

Eldest sibling and international business and strategy masters student Zulaikha Khokhar said: “It has been hard work but the encouragement we’ve received from members of the local community passing by has kept us on track.”

The Khokhars say the café will offer what they describe as a ‘contemporary but rustic look’ and that the new venue will feature a flower wall, neon light and an ice cream display imported from Greece.

Middle sibling Ghanwah Khokhar, the café’s head of creative and design, said “Our aim is to offer a memorable experience from ordering to eating desserts and savoury snacks, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.”

Part of this welcoming atmosphere will be staff trained to accommodate people’s differing dietary needs, with gluten-free and vegan options on the menu.

The cafe will open its doors at noon on Friday, December 4, and can be found at 126 Blackburn Road.