June 12, 2020 4.51 pm This story is over 18 months old

Former Lincoln village pub to reopen as speciality coffee shop

The shop will open this autumn

A speciality coffee shop will open in a former village pub near Lincoln this autumn.

The Farmers Arms on Market Rasen Road in Welton Hill closed and has been empty since 2017. The building was then midway through a refurbishment to open as an Indian restaurant in 2018.

It remains a mystery what happened, but it has given the owners of Seven Districts Coffee, Ben Southall and Ellis Purvis, the chance to prepare for their latest venture.

The business partners, who are both aged 29 and grew up in Nettleham, currently roast their coffee from an industrial unit in Reepham, but this will relocate to the same unit as the new speciality coffee shop in September depending on the latest government guidance.

Ben told The Lincolnite that they are going to phase the opening of the shop, which will initially sell artisan food and Seven Districts Coffee. He also hopes to sell artisan donuts in the future.

Ben Southall and Ellis Purvis, co-owners of Seven Districts Coffee.

The shop will create three new jobs with more to follow in the future.

People will be able to watch them roast the coffee, while tasting sessions will also be planned in the future for customers to learn about the different types of beans they source.

Ben said: “A big unknown for us, like many businesses, is COVID-19. We are thinking ahead and trying to remain optimistic, but in our planning we are taking steps to ensure social distancing for when we open

“We are however extremely excited to make our mark on the speciality coffee scene with our new coffee house, and to show novices and enthusiasts alike the coffee roasting process.”

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