Shock as pop­u­lar cafe bar closes af­ter eight years

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Phillip THOMP­SON phillip.thomp­[email protected]­

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.”

Bay Tree Court Care Cen­tre in Prest­bury held its sum­mer fete with es­i­dents from the care home and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion joined by el­a­tives and friends. The theme of this year’s event was street party but the weather meant the party was held in­doors. The pro­ceeds from the tombola, a plant, and a cake stall will go to­wards Cheltenham Mayor’s cho­sen char­i­ties and the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

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