January 24, 2020 3.37 pm This story is over 45 months old

Coffee and jazz venue takes over former Lincoln Patisserie Valerie

The move will create around 12 new jobs when it opens

An independent coffee and live music venue is taking over the vacant Patisserie Valerie on Lincoln’s High Street.

Stray’s Coffee is investing more than £150,000 in bringing its name to Lincoln and creating around 12 new jobs when it opens in the Spring.

The company is now working on fitting out the unit with their quirky style after Patisserie Valerie suddenly closed in June last year.

The family business started life in Newark in 2003, where Stray’s has grown to have a bookshop and host live jazz and mindfulness sessions.

Brother and sister team Mat Short and Liz Mack are also planning to expand to Stamford in March after opening up in Rutland last November.

Mat is now looking forward to welcoming his first customers to Stray’s new Lincoln coffee shop, eatery and live music venue.

They will take over the vacant Patisserie Valerie.

He said: “We are confident we can build a loyal customer base in a city where people love to live, shop and support independents.

“These are large premises in Lincoln’s busy High Street, so they will take several weeks to fit out in our quirky style and we are very excited about this venture.

“Coffee is what we’ve become really well known for, but we’ll also be offering soft drinks, made-to-order food, homemade cakes, bottled wines, and beers.

“Added to that, we’ll be putting on live jazz every week, promoting local and national jazz musicians alike. It’s a fantastic time for us!”

Lewis Cove, for Banks Long & Co, said: “We are delighted to have found a tenant for these premises so quickly. It reflects the sense of positivity in the market.”