Cafe bar at Richmond Station reopens after lockdown

Staff at The Station Cafe Bar in Richmond.

The Station Café | Bar is the latest business to reopen its doors for the first time since the government ordered catering businesses to shut in March.

The venue says it has implemented a range of measures to ensure the health and safety of customers, including socially distant tables, a one-way system and a door attendant to show customers to their seats.

A new reduced menu has also been created, including a variety of breakfast choices, light bites, British classics, pizzas, Station favourites and cake selections.

The venue is run by husband and wife team, Emma and Gareth Bottomley.

They said: “The first week has flown by.

“It has been a hard week putting our new procedures in place; keeping the two metre distance between tables, organising a one way system with sanitising stations, door monitors, customer records; to name just a few, the list is long.

“We are really pleased how everyone has handled these changes, our amazingly supportive staff have shown us once again just how dedicated they are.

“We were so happy to see a lot of our regular customers returning in a steady flow, taking all the new procedures in their stride and with a smile on their face.

“It’s been a real privilege to hear so many of our customers say that we are the first place they have visited since the lock down has eased, and because of the measures we have put in place they all felt safe and would be back again very soon.

“We have sold every item on the menu in the first week which hopefully shows there something is for everyone. We look forward to welcoming you all back very soon.”

The venue managed by RBPT Enterprises, a trading arm of Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust.

All profits made go to the charity and its projects.

Current opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

From July 24, upon the reopening of The Station Cinema, closing time will extend to 7pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

It is hoped that the Station Gallery and Shop can reopen soon.

From August 3, the restaurant will be extending its opening hours further, to include Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to 7pm, in order to take part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Customers are encouraged to book a table by calling 01748 825967 or emailing restaurant@thestation.co.uk