Café welcomes customers to the glory of the garden

Local rural business Potters Barn discovered an additional client base in recent months. But the end of lockdown meant staff could at last welcome customers back for a sit down meal.
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Charlie Hutton, proprietor of the Potters Barn cafe in Ribchester, near Preston, was glad to see a boom in takeaway and ready made meals sales during lockdown.

But this week she has been delighted to meet customers old and new and serve them in the spacious garden at the rear of her Ribble Valley café.

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She said: "It was a really positive day on Monday. It felt a bit surreal - especially serving things out on crockery. I've missed it. We're just looking forward to seeing all our lovely customers again and getting back to some kind of normality."

Charlie Hutton pictured at Potters BarnCharlie Hutton pictured at Potters Barn
Charlie Hutton pictured at Potters Barn

She continued: "All the customers were really happy."

With seating for 44 people in the spruced up garden area, some new seating and a new shelter for use in rainy weather she said walk-in customers will be welcomed: "We've got so much space, just come along and we will fit you in."

Charlie is also taking bookings for pottery painting sessions in the garden and meanwhile her gift shop and vintage clothes section at the barn have reopened.

As for her takeaway trade she said: "We're running two menus at the moment, the takeaway and then the garden menu."

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A special feature is a Cakeaway table where customers can buy cakes to take away and Charlie says that will most definitely be staying as will the new Potters' Heat At Home range.

For more end of lockdown news see here .

For our report on the barber who opened at midnight see here .

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