A Little Barrow tearoom, forced to close due to ailing profits, has been bought by new owners who have vowed to give it a new lease of life.
Last year pensioner Brian Dykes was devastated when declining profits forced him to close his beloved Foxcote Tearooms on Station Lane, which he had been running since 2011.
Living in the space above the shop, Mr Dykes, 78, had been paying over the odds in rates for the empty space which used to be The Railway Pub, so turned it into a tearoom opened at weekends only.
After renovating the room himself, it proved to be a popular spot in the small village but he struggled to compete with neighbouring businesses and said he had no other option but to close.
Now he couldn’t be more thrilled that new buyer Gill Furness is keeping the premises as a tearoom - and he’ll continue to live above the shop, occasionally helping out in the tearoom.
The refurbished Foxcote Tearoom and Cafe willl officially re-open on Saturday March 29, featuring a brand new menu including locally sourced all day breakfasts and homemade cakes, scones and pastries.
Gill said: “We’re very excited about the grand opening and we have a wide range of new things to offer.
“There will be bric-a-brac on display too, where customers will be able to browse our extensive range of collectables and antiques.
“Muddy boots, dog walkers and cyclists are all very welcome and we’re very excited to be opening.”
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