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Reopening of Secret Garden cafe is delayed

The reopening of Driffield’s Secret Garden Café, which was formerly owned by bakery chain Cooplands, has been delayed after the new owners of the business cited ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

The café on Middle Street South closed its doors in March along with Cooplands’ other coffee shops across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

However, in a surprise move, the Secret Garden and Orchard Café brands were given a new lease of life by Driffield businessman Christopher Smith.

The purchase of the café has created several jobs at the Driffield branch, whilst Mr Smith said he would be focusing on working with local suppliers and using regional products to support the local economy.

Recruitment posters appeared in the window of the café, with the new owners announcing that it would open to customers on 26th June.

However, in a statement released less than a week before the reopening, a spokesperson for Secret Garden Cafés said the date had been pushed back.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been forced to postpone the reopening dates for all our cafés,” said the statement.

“We understand the inconvenience this may cause and offer our sincerest apologies for any disruptions to your plans.

“We kindly request that you disregard any previous announcements regarding our reopening dates, and we are working diligently to resolve the issues at hand and determine a new timeline for reopening ASAP.

“Rest assured, our top priority is to ensure an efficient and enjoyable experience for all customers.”

Mr Smith told the Wolds Weekly a delay in receiving coffee machines, which are being imported from Italy, has meant the opening day has been pushed back to next month.

“I can advise the delay has been from external sources outside of our control,” he said.

“Specifically coffee machines which have been imported from Italy.

“We had been expecting these earlier in June but the first one only arrived to our Hull site last week.

“This has meant that each site has had to be pushed back. We have not set a date as yet however we do expect this to be during July.

“We are very aware of the disappointment this has created people, however we are not happy to open any site until the product and offering is perfect.

“We are still recruiting for the Driffield site and we expect to create a minimum of six jobs at this site. As we are still recruiting we are keen to hear from anyone that would like a new challenge.”

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