A NEWCOMER has become the toast of an East Staffordshire village after transforming a historic building into a thriving coffee shop and B&B.
Beverley Hudson has made such an impact running the business at the Old Bakehouse in Duffield Lane, Newborough, that the B&B has become the number one in the Burton area, according to tourism website Trip Advisor.
The Old Bakehouse, which lies opposite the spectacular All Saints Church in the centre of the village, has long been the heart of village life with previous uses as a bakery, general store and most recently a post office.
The main part of the cottage dates from 1710 and Ms Hudson has worked hard along with partner Gavin to keep its original features as well as breathing new life into the building.
Ms Hudson told the Mail how she is living out her dream by running the popular coffee shop.
She said: “We moved here in the summer and did all the building work and converted it into the coffee shop while running the B&B at the same time, so it has been keeping me busy.
“I am enjoying it so much though as it is a dream for me. About 20 years ago I went to a tea shop in Cornwall which I loved and it has been in my mind since then that this was what I wanted to do.
“Everybody has been great in the village and I think they are really happy to have this kind of thing here.
“We get regulars coming in, people from other villages and a lot of ramblers as we have The National Forest on the doorstep and people certainly seem to be hearing about us.
“A lot of people say it feels very homely, especially with the log burner on in the winter, but then we also have the tea garden out the back which proves a sun trap in the summer.”
One villager who has particularly enjoyed the renaissance of the Old Bakehouse is 80-year-old Evelyn Kemp who has lived in Newborough all her life.
She said: “I remember it from when it was Robinsons’ general store and it was run by Sid and Ernie Robinson and Ernie used to do the baking.
“I came here when I was young to get my sweets, especially during the war when they were rationed.
“It has been lovely to see the building back in use as a coffee shop and I love to come here and have a coffee and a catchup with friends.”
The coffee shop is open from 8.45am until 3.30pm every day except Wednesday when it is closed.