A former village butcher’s shop is soon to become the newest tearoom in the Sleaford area.
Chris and Hayley Chew are busy converting 9 Victoria Street in Billinghay and hope to be open for business within the next three weeks.
The couple, who are undertaking all the conversion work themselves with support from friends Kate and Ian Fletcher, live in the village with their four children and they took a liking to the building on Victoria Street, which was constructed in the 1760s.
Chris said: “I cycled past it and thought it was a beautiful building with quite a bit of history.
“I’ve been involved with the food industry for the best part of 20 years, starting out as a chef in Cambridgeshire, and it has taught me the importance of quality and customer care and we hope to bring that to our new business.
“I’ve always been passionate about food and Hayley and I want to create a hub for the community, with high quality food and a good ambience.”
In addition to the tearooms, the couple are also setting up a bed and breakfast business, initially creating two en suite bedrooms on the first floor above the tearooms, which they hope to open in a couple of months, with outbuildings to the rear to be converted to create two or three further bedrooms.
There will be a party to launch the tearoom, with people invited to come along and look around.
Chris added: “The response we’ve had from people in the village has been fantastic. We’re really excited about this opportunity and hopefully it will help boost tourism trade in the village.”