It beggars belief, over the Christmas New Year vacation many tourists milling around, up The Strait and Steep Hill, in Castle Hill and Bailgate, tea and coffee shops were either closed or closed early.
Now the holiday season over, no one around, the streets deserted, the tea and coffee shops open.
This would be like a business in the tourist area of Cyprus closing during the peak summer season then opening in the winter when no one about.
To say the least, bizarre.
Although not all were open, and a few closed early.
The Rest rarely found open. Today no exception. Rumoured to be for sale.
Bunty’s tea room, closed or closed early when tourists around, now no tourists tea room open.
Bookstop Cafe, closed or closed early when tourists around, now no tourists open.
Imperial Teas, a rarity, open over Christmas and New Year.
Pimento tea rooms, once excellent, new owners took over and destroyed within six months.
Changed hands yet again. Closed over Christmas and New Year, did not reopen until no tourists outside.
Since my last visit, interior has changed and not for the better.
A board outside promises specialty tea and coffee, new menu.
No menu, no espresso machine.
It takes more than a sign to serve specialty tea and coffee.
I said I may pop back later. When I did, a little after three, I found to be closed.
When queried, told closed early today. When asked when usually close, told between three and four.