Café to re-open and spread out

A STALYBRIDGE coffee shop and wine bar hopes to spread its wings outside after it re-opens following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Staff at Florence and Amelia’s, which is attached to the gift shop, geared up to welcome customers again from Monday, June 22.Now it may become even bigger if an application to open a ‘pavement café’ is granted by Tameside Council’s licensing committee.

Owners hope to set out 14 tables and 28 chairs, with the appropriate barriers, on Armentieres Square.

It is hoped they will be out from 8am until 6pm from Monday to Friday but from 8am until midnight on a Saturday and from 10am until 6pm on a Sunday.

Hours when live and recorded music can be played and alcohol can be served will also be extended if the application is successful.Consultation on the application stops on Wednesday, July 15 after Florence and Amelia’s opened again with slightly reduced hours and social distancing measures in place.

Before then, it offered afternoon tea, platters and boxes of cake on a pre-order delivery/collection service.

And owner Nicola Buckley said: “It has been well received especially by people wanting to send them as a gift or to thank key workers.

“We also sent 12 free gift boxed afternoon teas up the emergency hub at Tameside General Hospital to thank them for all their hard work.”


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