The Cathedral Quarter in Lincoln welcomed a familiar face this month when the Sanctuary Cafe re-opened.
The tearoom and gift shop, formerly known to visitors of The Lawn, made its grand reappearance on August 10, and joined the unique family of independent businesses on the Bailgate.
In the move, the business expanded with a larger unit, and also opened up seven new jobs in the city.
“With The Lawn going back up for sale, there was a sense of uncertainty,” explained owner Stephen Smith.
“There are a few cafes and restaurants in the area so it took a while for me to decide this was the place to be.”
The unit was transformed with a light seating area, fresh local dishes and a gift shop stocking exclusive ranges.
Sanctuary aims to appeal to shoppers and lunch-time diners in the area.
Smith buys locally and offers a homemade alternative to lunch-time meals and cakes. “We make all our fresh food on the premises. Our cakes are baked daily, quiches and soups are made daily and salads and sandwiches are made fresh to order.
“I think it’s the retail side of the business that will give people a nice surprise,” added Smith.
“I went with the Herdy range for something unique and our statement clocks have been extremely popular.
“In addition, our own range of branded Sanctuary biscuits and cakes make the perfect gift to take home.”
With retail managing experience at major department stores, and having trained as a chef, Stephen plans to develop the business further and offer something special to visitors of the city.
Future plans include a cosy garden at the rear, with chairs and throws available to purchase.