A taste of the Far East in Ilkeston

Be a Sweet: Ilkeston new Coffee shop, Owners Phitinun and Tony Unwin.
Be a Sweet: Ilkeston new Coffee shop, Owners Phitinun and Tony Unwin.

A husband and wife team, who run a successful tattoo shop in Ilkeston, are hoping to taste success with their new venture – a cafe two doors down.

Bit A Sweet is set to bring an Oriental flavour to the top of Nottingham Road as owner Phitinun Unwin –known as Chard – makes use of her Thai heritage and family experience in the hospitality industry.

Her husband and skilled tattoo artist Tony Unwin has run Ink Kings for the last since early 2012, and Chard worked alongside him providing a laser removal service.

Now the pair have worked hard to open the eatery in former offices overlooking the White Lion Square roundabout.

“It’s a coffee shop with a difference,” explained Tony, whose background in design helped him create the cafe’s distinct logo. “There’s going to be a lot of Thai influence.

“We keep getting asked if we are doing fried breakfasts– but this isn’t going to be a greasy spoon.

“We are going for that difference – what people would go to Thailand and experience, that’s what we are bringing to Ilkeston.

“We hope people will accept it and enjoy it.”

Bit A Sweet serves up top quality cakes, coffees and teas, and Thai-infused meals.

Chard’s family work in hospitality in top hotels in Bangkok and elsewhere in south east Asia.

“Everyone is a foodie out there so it’s got to be top quality,” she said. “That’s what I want to bring here.”

The pair now have plans to sell noodle dishes and other meals wholesale to other businesses, including food vans.