A CAFÉ founded in honour of its owner’s Norwegian heritage is marking its fifth birthday this month.

Owner Paul Rawlinson named Scandinavian-influenced Baltzersen in Oxford Street, Harrogate after his paternal grandmother, Liv Esther Baltzersen, whose cooking and baking run throughout his childhood memories.

As well as serving hundreds of thousands of cinnamon buns, waffles, meatballs and coffees in that time, the café has led the charge to promote the indie scene across Harrogate.

“The last five years have absolutely flown by and I’m so proud of all we’ve achieved,” he said.

“The food and drink landscape in Harrogate has changed significantly since we opened, with quite a few businesses closing their doors, so there’s not a day goes by when I don’t recognise how fortunate we are. It’s largely thanks to our brilliant customers, who are incredibly loyal and support everything we do.”

Baltzersen’s has also led the campaign to support other local independent businesses. Through its Locals’ Guide blogs, it champions the best of Harrogate’s shops, cafés, restaurants and more.