Tuesday, 12 December 2017

New boating accessories shop launches

A BOATING accessories and coffee shop has opened in Wargrave.

A BOATING accessories and coffee shop has opened in Wargrave.

John Sawbridge has years of experience of life on the river and wanted to offer people a one-stop shop to kit out their boats.

Willow Cabin, located at Val Wyatt Marina in Willow Lane, will sell a range of products including polycarbonate glassware, picnic rugs, portable refrigeration, cool bags, camping stoves, floating dog toys, cushions and barbecues.

Mr Sawbridge, of King’s Road, Henley, said: “We are now on our third boat, which is moored at Val Wyatt, and we have kitted those out over the years.

“I have always had to go a plethora of different places to get everything that we needed and often what we got was disappointing.

“We have learnt lots of lessons along the way and learnt what we think is stylish living and enjoyment of your boat.We have shopped in chandleries, department stores, garden centres and outdoors and camping shops.

“This is one central place for people — you cannot go anywhere else to get everything that you might need for your boating.

“But it is not just boating — it is for anybody who likes to enjoy the outdoor life. We have products for picnicking and barbecues, for entertaining for the regatta, for the garden.

“I have a spent a long time sourcing these products so that I know they are right.”

Mr Sawbridge, who used to work in events and sales, has refurbished the semi-derelict cabin and will also be running a coffee dock with outdoor seating.0

He said: “People can sit by the river and enjoy the view and we have an allocated mooring so boats can stop.There is an absolute need for somewhere to come and get a soft drink and ice cream on a nice summer’s day between Shiplake and Marsh Lock and now it’s here.

“The weekends so far have been really encouraging and the feedback from people has been good. I hope that by the time we get round to Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Festival we will be the place that people think of to come for all their outdoor and boating needs.”

Willow Cabin is open from Thursday to Monday, from 10am to 5.30pm.

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