A Letter from Nantwich update

Last updated April 2013

Stirrings in the coffee shops story

In 2007 we had yet another coffee shop on the scene  - and the second in the same building. The Aroma Cafe Bar opened up on the remaining trade outlet at Chatterton House, next to Costa - at the front of the old Lamb Hotel building.


October 2007: Ginger and Pickles, in Mill Street, was awarded membership status of the United Kingdom Tea Council - only the second outlet in Cheshire to do so.


March 2008: Harvey's in The Cocoa Yard has a new owner and is now called Libby's Lunches (right), Libby being the former manager of the shop before it was sold. I understand that the Harvey's shop in Pepper Street is under new ownership but retaining the name, as is Harvey's Bar in High Street - which advertises "morning coffee". (See July 2009 entry).


April 2008: I hear that Morrison's supermarket is now seeking permission to erect an extension to house a coffee shop. How ironic when you consider that one of the first things that Morrison's did when they took over the store was to close an existing coffee shop and move the pharmacy and newspaper stall into it in a store revamp. I understand that 50 car parking spaces will be lost if the plan is approved. Morrisons allow customers 90 minutes free parking, giving them time to pop into town after stocking up in the store. UPDATE: This didn't happen.




April 2008: An application has been received to turn a charming house on the corner of Pillory Street and Pall Mall into a coffee bar and venue for meetings by local groups. It has no parking spaces - just the Waterlode car park across Pillory Street.


July 2009: Libby's Lunches is now a children's shoe shop, called Lollipops.


2010: The house on the corner of Pillory Street and Pall Mall opened as Munundry's, a cafe and therapy centre (left). [See below].


April 2010: One of the last antiques shops in town has become a coffee and tea shop. Not a cafe, Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans in Hospital Street sells the beverages for making at home. Michelle Rogers and Adam Wool opened the shop on Good Friday after failing to find the tea and coffee they wanted in town. One of the items on sale is a medium strength coffee called Dabber's Blend.   


October 2010: Munundry's stopped being a cafe and concentrated on the therapy side of the business.


November 2010: Relish coffee shop opened in the former Bang and Olufsen audio visual shop in Church Lane. Relish - tagged as "delicatessen, coffee and fine wines" - is the third coffee shop on the ground floor of Chatterton House.


February 2011: It would seem that not enough people wanted to buy special coffees and teas and make their own at home. At least, that is one interpretation that could be put on the fact that Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans is no longer in business on the corner of Hospital Street and the Cocoa Yard. Other businesses followed over time.


January 2012: Munundry's is now a private house.


May 2012: Lollipops, the children's shoe shop (and former coffee shop) in The Cocoa Yard, has closed after three years. It later became a ladies' hair salon.


June 2012: Inglenook Tea Shoppe becomes Molly's Tea Shoppe when the Hughes family relinquish their ownership of the business. Molly is the daughter of the family who have taken over.


July 2012: Caffe Nero, the national chain of Italian coffee shops, opens a branch in the former Reeds Rains estate agency in High Street. (Reeds Rains now have a branch in Pepper Street.)  


April 2013: A coffee shop in one corner of the new Marks and Spencer Simply Food outlet in Beam Street joins Nantwich's growing coffee premises.  Letter from Nantwich


July 2014: in recent weeks we have lost one coffee shop - on the top (second) floor of Bratt's clothing shop in Churchyardside - and a new one has opened: Teresa's Ice Cream Parlour in Oat Market. It lists coffee as one of several items it sells, so it's included in the list of coffee shops!  

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