Monday, 27 September 2021

New cafe and barber to open

TWO new businesses are to open in Henley town centre.

TWO new businesses are to open in Henley town centre.

Independent café and delicatessen Spoon is to move into the former Noa Noa premises in Duke Street and a Turkish barbers will open a few doors down at the unit previously occupied by jewellers Precious Love.

The café will be run by Cindy Gillett and managed by Annie Gray, both from Remenham, and the chef will be Greg Lewis, formerly executive chef at Phyllis Court Club.

The business will open in about three weeks.

Mrs Gillett, 47, said her inspiration for the business came from her family’s love of food.

She has two daughters, Ella, 23, who works at Invesco Perpetual, and Abbey, 20, an actress who will be helping out at the café when she can. Mrs Gillett said: “We like food markets and sourcing new ingredients. If we go out to dinner, we’ll look at the menu a week beforehand. It’s just something that excites us.”

She said the idea of having her own café and delicatessen started off as a “bit of a fantasy” before Mr Lewis came on board. He had catered a dinner party for the family.

Mr Lewis is a former executive chef at the Natural History Museum in London and was personal chef to Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall.

Mrs Gillett said: “There’s a lot of high street chains and I just thought that Henley was crying out for somewhere that was a more independent place. I don’t think this is taking away from the other eating establishments because we’re very different.”

Mrs Gray said the business would sell coffees, blended drinks, a range of cakes and salads, sandwiches, hams, olives and cheeses. Customers will be able to eat in or takeaway. It will be open every day and serve breakfast.

“It’s about high quality, great tasting produce that you can’t get anywhere else and being a friendly, local business," she said.

Noa Noa, a women’s clothes shop, shut in June with David Jack, who ran the business, saying it was no longer viable.

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