Popular Stroud cafe the Lock Keeper’s open

POPULAR canalside cafe the Lock Keeper’s reopened in Stroud this week.

Customers were dismayed back in June when the then cafe owner announced the business would not be reopening after lockdown.

But in July it was taken over by Harry Counsell and his experienced team, who also run Stroud pubs The Clothiers Arms and The Bowbridge Arms.

And on Tuesday this week it was back in business, offering ‘simple good cafe food’.

“Our cafe is set to serve the locals and visitors of Stroud in our lovely canal side setting,” said Vicky Counsell, who has been working on refurbishing the cafe with husband Harry.

“Harry’s reputation for traditional, tasty homemade food now extends to the cafe.

“From good coffee and luxury cakes to traditional breakfasts and home cooked lunches, we cater for everyone.”

The venue itself will be available for private hire in the evenings.

The team has spent the past few weeks refurbishing the cafe to provide a more contemporary feel but retaining the charm of being on the canalside.

“We have local photos of the canal on the walls and we have also changed the name back to the Lock Keepers Cafe as we know the “Lockies” is close to a lot of people’s hearts,” said Vicky.

“We are in the process of sorting out our licence and have installed a pump to serve beer, and will stock a range of bottled drinks.

“These aren’t available yet but will be soon as soon as licence is done.”

The cafe opening hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

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