THE FORMER Cafe Severn in Worcester, which closed down in October 2018, looks set to be re-opening under new management.

In a Facebook comment under a Worcester News story concerning Councillor Chris Mitchell's comment that Worcester City Council should be bold in re-opening the cafe at North Quay, Alex Daw wrote: “This cafe will be opening again next month. The process of the council opening the opportunity for tender, deciding on the most appropriate tenant, and then sorting all the tenancy documents takes time and Christmas slows things down too.

“There’s also the refurbishment required by the new tenant (me) which is necessary in order to make this into the attractive facility that this riverside location deserves.”

Mr Daw, who runs Little Al’s Kitchen, a supplier of homemade cakes and baked goods in addition to mobile event catering, claimed that although he is still awaiting the final paperwork to be checked, he is hoping to open the cafe by the end of February.

In another post on the Little Al’s Kitchen Facebook page, he wrote:"Well I wasn’t expecting to announce details of our new cafe just yet but after wanting to allay any fears about the building never opening again, I let the cat out the bag.

"So here it is; this will be our new cafe, opening by the end of Feb (fingers crossed).

"Just waiting for final paperwork to be checked and then we’ll be in to clean and refurb.

"Just come from meeting with coffee supplier. Next thing to decide on is which ice cream to sell.

"I’ll keep you posted..... next announcement will be the name."

A spokesman for Worcester City Council said: "We can confirm we have agreed terms with a possible tenant, but we cannot officially comment at this time."

The cafe, on Grandstand Road, had been run for 12 years by Chris Wise, who decided not to renew the lease at the end of last summer saying he had decided it was a good time to finish and that he would miss his regular customers.