New Owners For St Agnes Café

Covean Cottage on St Agnes

The new owners of Covean Cottage on St Agnes are looking forward to running the well-known café and guesthouse.

But they’re not new to the Islands. Rosie Felton and partner, Zain Baggott have spent the last few years working on Tresco.

Rosie originally came to work at Tresco Abbey Gardens on a work placement, as part of her horticultural degree and has been there ever since. It’s where she met Zain, who worked as a chef at the Flying Boat Club and the New Inn.

Rosie said they were looking for a chance to set up their own business and she’d always had a ‘soft spot’ for St Agnes, so the pair decided to take on Covean.

While Zain has experience in the hospitality business, Rosie says it’s completely new for her and a ‘steep learning curve’ although she’s excited by the challenge.

She says they’re not intending to make big changes at the café. They’ll be sticking with the breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas that are familiar to visitors, but says they’re also thinking about adding some evening meals, although this won’t be every day.

Rosie describes their food as ‘homely, rustic and good value’ and she wants to source produce locally if she can.

But some things won’t change – Tresco Harbourmaster, Henry Birch, has already told her she has to keep the sausage ciabatta with onion marmalade on the menu!

Rosie says it’s important for them to find their own ‘niche’ on St Agnes, which she says is becoming quite a ‘foodie’ island, with the Turks Head, Coastguard Café and High Tide Restaurant all pulling in the customers during the summer.

Rosie says they’ll be tidying up the guesthouse during the winter with a lick of paint and getting used to the ‘quirks’ of the building, including the ‘interesting plumbing.’

And she says once they’ve got the business up and running, she hopes to get involved with St Agnes gig club and start rowing again.