A popular tearoom built from scratch by the owner has closed its doors permanently.

The Anvil Coffee Shop and Just in Case wine Merchants bid farewell to customers last week.

Tucked away on the fondly nicknamed Symes Corner in Bishop’s Waltham, this tearoom has been serving residents in and around the town for over two decades.

But now it is time for owner Fred Woodfine to retire.

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Announcing the news on Facebook, The Anvil said: “It is with great regret to announce the sad closing of the Anvil Coffee Shop and Just in Case wine Merchants forth with.

“Fred is retiring in his 80th year and would like to thank all his loyal customers and friends for their support over the many years of trading.

“Fred thanks all his amazing staff for their hard work and loyalty over the years and wishes them all the best with heartfelt thanks.”

According to The Anvil website, Fred purchased the land and completed the restoration of the site in 1997.

Many of the materials used to build The Anvil were salvaged from the historical demolishment.