Sadness as ‘friendly’ Nottinghamshire cafe closes after liquidation

Shoppers expressed disappointment when a ‘friendly’ café in Nottinghamshire confirmed it was closing. Newark’s Carriages Cafe last closed on Sunday, June 19 after going into liquidation.

Based at Newark Castle station, the cafe was popular with the community who enjoyed its nostalgic setting. Before the pandemic, the cafe was popular for its £3 three-course meal for the most deprived. The kindness of the staff continued throughout the pandemic, when they provided hundreds of meals to vulnerable people, to make sure they didn’t go hungry.

Pensioner Mel Cooper, 76, from Newark said: “We used to go there. They tried to be older than the modern places. There were nice people and it was a good place to hang out. stop when you were waiting for a train.

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Mel continued: “We used to call on the way home too, it’s really a bit of a shock. They tried their best to stay there for a while because it was just a bit of a coffee before we got there and they made it much better.”

Retired Andrew Jackson, 70, of Balderton, said: “Went there a while ago. Didn’t know it was closed. Thought it was a great place.” Retired Robert Archer, 85, of Newark said: “It will be a shame, we usually walked in. It was what you would expect from a cafe at a train station.”

When asked if they used the cafe, another Newark resident replied “only when I took the train.” She expressed disappointment that Carriages is closing and said “there’s nothing else” like it in the area.

Former Newark resident Mel Coton, 36, described the cafe’s closure as “sad” and remembers when it first opened. Mel said: “Always a delicious lunch, not to mention a fabulous wedding reception.”

Retired Paul Holland, 74, from Newark, added: “I’ve used it once or twice, and I’m sad to see it closed. I thought it was a good place, I normally used it for coffee before boarding the train. “

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