Friday, 24 September 2021

Café undergoes £30,000 makeover

A GORING café has more than doubled in size following refurbishment

A GORING café has more than doubled in size following refurbishment.

Vivienne Lee, who took over The Village Café in High Street in the spring, spent £30,000 on the makeover.

She has installed seats in a previously disused area upstairs, bringing the total capacity to about 50, and improved the ground-floor kitchen with an open plan design.

The café now sells a range of cakes baked at the Chocolate Café in Henley, which Ms Lee also owns, as well as sandwiches, hot breakfasts and specials such as pasta dishes. It also hosts pottery painting workshops where children and adults can decorate plates, teapots and egg cups.

The café, which is to be renamed The Village Chocolate Café, was re-opened at a launch party on Thursday last week, attended by about 60 regulars.

Ms Lee said: “We’ve given it a total facelift and there’s been some extensive work behind the scenes as well.

“The electrics and gas supply have been replaced, the loft has been insulated and some old asbestos has been removed. So far the feedback has been great. It has brought in a lot of new customers and people are commenting on how different it looks and how much better it is.

“I bought the café because Goring is such a beautiful village. This stretch of the river is a cyclists’ and walkers’ paradise so there’s plenty of demand and we’re also popular with residents and people who work here.

“I’m used to running a 90-seat venue in Henley and I knew there was potential with the upstairs area to replicate that buzz and excitement for the Goring community.”

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