I've just got back from popping into my local shop which is only four doors away from here. This is probably why I have such a desire to see it succeed.
The new owners moved in four weeks ago this Friday and have transformed the store. Richard has taken on the baking and they still sell Southwick Pasties and a huge range of lovely cakes and pies, freshly baked bread, as well as the day to day items everyone wants from a local shop. Sliced bread, a small range of grocery items and freezer foods. The shelves are filling up and are kept filled, Richard keen to listen to suggestions from his local customers. Richard has also just started selling equestrian supplies.
One of the improvements is that he is now opening from 6.00am to 6.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - with a half day on Wednesday, open from 6.00am to 1.00pm. This half day closure is so that they can extend the weekend hours which are now from 8.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and from 8.00am to 4pm on Sunday.
Tea Room News:
The tea room has been refurbished and seats 14 people. The opening hours have also been extended - I need to check on these but I do know that they are definitely open until 4pm on Sundays as well as on Saturday all day. Not sure of the morning hours though, or the last orders time on Saturday. They also will be open on bank holidays, serving teas and coffees, with the shop open too. Result!
I hope that this new venture will be a great success for Richard and Rachel, and for all the family. Rachel's Mum is running the tea room and it's lovely going into such a friendly shop where all the family have a part to play.
Well worth a visit.
Before you rush off for afternoon tea on Sunday, just to let you know that the tea room closes at 3 on Sunday, not 4, as I previously stated.
Still scrummy cakes though and well worth the visit!