A cafe in uphill Lincoln is delivering fresh tea and coffee, as well as homemade cakes, direct to homes, care homes and local businesses to help customers during the coronavirus lockdown.

Joff Gainey, owner of BookStop Cafe on Steep Hill, came up with the idea as he has a lot of customers who are unable to get out at the moment and wanted to still be able to to serve them.

He launched the service this summer with the help of his friend, former C5 Gadget Show presenter, and Lincoln resident Jason Bradbury.

Joff makes the deliveries in a van with an on-board coffee machine, while his son Sam runs the cafe.

The drinks are made freshly on arrival, which people can collect from their doorsteps, or it can even be delivered through the window.

There is a portable card machine on the end of an extending pole so customers don’t even need to leave the house to get their order.

Lemon and almond, coffee and walnut, and raspberry and apricot sponges are among the homemade cakes on the delivery menu at BookStop Cafe.

The service delivers to Lincoln and the surrounding villages, around a six mile radius. There is no delivery charge, but there is a minimum order value of £5.

Orders can be placed via Facebook or by calling 01522 412133.

The service operates between 8am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Joff Gainey, owner of BookStop Cafe, came up with the idea of the delivery service this summer.

A selection of the teas and coffees on offer.

The van has an on-board coffee machine.

The cafe on Steep Hill is also still open from 9am-4pm seven days a week.

There are limited tables inside due to the coronavirus restrictions, but the cafe continues to offer its takeaway service.

Joff told The Lincolnite: “It’s ticking along and keeping us above water. It is strange times and we don’t know what’s happening so we are doing what we can to keep going.

“The idea is to help my present customers who we’ve built up over the years and also new customers working from home.”

The Argos store on Lincoln High Street has now closed for good, with the nearest branch now inside the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Tritton Road.

In 2016 Sainsbury’s completed a £1.4 billion takeover of Home Retail Group, which owned Argos.

All staff were redeployed to the new Argos store when it opened last Friday.

It is not yet known who will take over the now vacant store on in the St Marks retail park.

The large unit used to be part of the former Lincoln St Marks railway station.

An Argos spokesperson said: “Last year we announced a review of our estate, which included plans to close 60-70 standalone Argos stores and open 80 more Argos stores inside Sainsbury’s stores over the next few years.

“As part of those plans our Lincoln Argos store has relocated to inside the Lincoln Sainsbury’s store and opened last Friday.”

The first Starbucks in Louth opened on Friday, creating 11 new jobs in the historic market town.

Planning officers at East Lindsey District Council approved plans last year for a new McDonald’s restaurant and coffee shop on Bolingbroke Road in the Lincolnshire town.

The new Starbucks cafe is operated by licensee EG Group and opened on Friday, October 16 and also has a drive-thru lane.

Inside the new Starbucks in Louth. | Photo: Starbucks

The new drive-thru store is open from 6.30am-8pm Monday to Saturday, and 7am-8pm on Sunday.

Ahead of the opening Rob Todorov, Starbucks Brand Manager at Euro Garages, said: “We are so excited to open our new store in Louth and the team are closely following guidance from both government and health authorities to keep everyone safe in store.

“We can’t wait to start welcoming new faces over the next few weeks.”

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