HAMPSHIRE civic chiefs have moved into the hospitality trade by opening a new cafe near the Great Hall in Winchester.

Cobbles Café operates from a vintage van with outdoor seating to provide a pitstop for residents and visitors to the historic attraction.

Cllr Steve Forster, county council executive member for commercial strategy, estates and property, said: “The Great Hall in Winchester is one of Hampshire’s most significant historic buildings, attracting many thousands of local visitors and tourists each year. Cobbles Café is perfectly located to provide a convenient place to take a break, whilst enjoying this magnificent destination.

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"The café is already proving popular with the city’s workers and shoppers, and is also well placed to offer refreshments to guests attending wedding and civil ceremonies at the nearby Register Office. We hope this new outdoor venture will help to support Winchester’s bounce back this summer following the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Cobbles Café is open seven days a week between 10am-4pm offering a range of hot and cold drinks, alongside ice-creams, sweet and savoury snacks.

It is situated at the top end of the High Street. A nearby cafe Eat Drink and Be at Walcote Place closed during the lockdown.

As well as the 13th century Great Hall another temporary attraction is the Hares of Hampshire art trail which is due to finish on August 25.



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