Shock as popular cafe bar closes after eight years
A‘FRIENDLY neighbourhood cafe bar’ in Tewkesbury has shocked and saddened many people after closing after eight years in the town.
Theoc House in Barton Street served food and drink throughout the day and was a well liked staple in the community.
Owners Simon Extance and James Murray said they have had an ‘amazing time in Tewkesbury’ and it is with a ‘heavy heart but a smile on our face’ they have to announce the closure after an eight year journey.
They will focus on their House Family as the pair run two more businesses, and said Theoc House will be refurbished, after which new owners will take over of the site.
Many have been shocked and saddened by the announcement, with people taking to social media to highlight what a ‘fantastic asset’ they have been to the community and praised them for their hospitality, warmness and the support they have given to charity projects.
In a joint post on Facebook, signed by James, Simon and the Theoc House team, they said: “It’s with a heavy heart but a smile on our faces that we need to
let you know that our eight year journey with Theoc House has come to an end.
“Tomorrow will be out last day of service before we close whilst a refurbishment takes place before the new owners take over in the near future.
“We’ve had an amazing time, met some brilliant people and the business has helped us to launch the House Family which is a brand we are extremely proud of.
“We would like to thank our loyal customers (that’s you), our suppliers and most of all our hard working staff who have done us proud over the years.
The post adds: “We will both be at Theoc House (Saturday) night to share a beer with you and laugh/cry over the good times we’ve had in Tewkesbury.
“We will now be concentrating on our businesses in Thornbury (Hawkes House) and Nailsea (Coates House) and we hope to see you there one day.
“But for now it’s thank you and goodbye.”
Following the announcement, many expressed their disappointment but also their gratitude.
One person said: “Theoc House has been a real asset to the town and we’ve enjoyed plenty of food and drink in there over the years.
“I wish you all the best for the future with your other businesses and wish the new owners well too.”
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