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A former village bakery left derelict for decades has been given a new lease of life.

No 29 High Street Manea closed as a bakery in the 1970s but on Wednesday (4) it will re-open its doors as a café thanks to the determination of a village family.

The Barnes family bought the premises, which stand on the corner of Park Road, earlier this year.

No 29 has been given a fresh new look to the front and will officially open today (Wednesday). (42929038)
No 29 has been given a fresh new look to the front and will officially open today (Wednesday). (42929038)

Despite lockdown they have spent the last six months repairing, and in some parts rebuilding the premises with a team made up of tradesmen from within the village.

Work has included taking down a whole corner of the building and rebuilding it, re-roofing the property and refurbishing it so it is fit for purpose.

Wednesday’s opening will be performed by villager Mrs Jessie Bridgement, who lived at No 29 during the 1960s and worked in the bakery.

No 29 High Street in Manea had been derelict for decades. (42929036)
No 29 High Street in Manea had been derelict for decades. (42929036)

She will be officially opening the café at 10am, and then afterwards it will be open Wednesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm offering customers the chance to both eat in or take-away.

There are various seating areas downstairs, upstairs and outside, and well behaved dogs are welcome on the groundfloor and in the garden.

The menu will include coffees, teas, cold drinks, breakfasts, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, hot pasties, soup and chips as well as ice cream, home made cakes and scones.

The building needed a lot of repair work including a new roof. (42929041)
The building needed a lot of repair work including a new roof. (42929041)

The Barnes family were keen to use local tradesmen and also local suppliers among them are: Westfield Farm potatoes, Chatters Butchers, Corkers Crisps and Saffron Ice Cream Company.

The hope is the café will become a venue for the display and sale of local arts and crafts too.

No 29 High Street in Manea had been derelict for decades. (42929045)
No 29 High Street in Manea had been derelict for decades. (42929045)
Staff had a couple practice runs before today's opening. (42929043)
Staff had a couple practice runs before today's opening. (42929043)
The bakery as it looked on the Park Road side in the past. (42929049)
The bakery as it looked on the Park Road side in the past. (42929049)


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