Dad and daughter’s new businesses off to flying start in Ramsbottom

Bury Times: Sarah Morton, far right, and her sisters Hannah and Caroline at Ramsbottom Christmas market Sarah Morton, far right, and her sisters Hannah and Caroline at Ramsbottom Christmas market

Art and food don’t necessarily mix — but they do for one Ramsbottom family.

Two businesses were opened within the space of a few months last year and have become a real family affair.

The Hungry Duck in Bridge Street, and the Galleria D’Arte in Bolton Street, were opened by father and daughter team Peter Kerfoot and Sarah Morton.

The restaurant was opened in May last year when Mr Kerfoot put his daughter in charge.

After running Biosenate, a successful microbiology testing business in Bury, Mr Kerfoot decided to sell the business, and subsequently moved into the art world by opening a contemporary art gallery in September.

At the age of 21, daughter Sarah was made manager of The Hungry Duck in charge of eight members of staff, and says it has been a challenge.

Sarah said: “I have worked in some restaurants in pubs, but I was really chucked in the deep end.

“It was a bit of a challenge at first, but I am really enjoying it.”

Sarah, of Lawrie Avenue, Ramsbottom, has now been at the helm for around eight months and says locals have responded well.

“It has been great. We have done very well, and it is good to be part of Ramsbottom and all the independent traders and businesses.”

Sarah has also roped in the help of her brother Matthew, aged 23, to design their website.

Her younger sisters Hannah, aged 14, and Caroline, aged 13, also help at the weekends and Sarah added: “We have a bit of banter but I get to call the shots!”

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