Horncastle tea room calls time after eight years

A customer looks at the closed notice at Henny's Tea Room in Horncastle

A customer looks at the closed notice at Henny's Tea Room in Horncastle

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Shoppers in Horncastle have expressed their surprise at the closure of one of the town’s most popular and established tea rooms.

Henny’s - located in St Lawrence Street - ceased trading on Christmas Eve.

There is a type-written sign in the window, confirming the tea room has closed and thanking customers for their understanding.

Signed by ‘Debbie and Carl’ it states: “It is with great regret that Henny’s is no longer trading and that the decision was made to officially close the doors on Christmas Eve.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their support, wit and wisdom over these last eight years.

“We feel immensely sad not to be able to carry on employing our great team and also for not being able to serve you all every day

“We feel blessed to have met you all. Thank you for your understanding.”

The News spoke to several people who said they were surprised by the closure.

Margaret Allen, of Woodhall Spa, said: “I sometimes popped in for a coffee when I come to Horncastle on market days.

“It is a traditional tea room but all the better for that.

“There was always a warm welcome and the standard of food was very good.

“I’d no idea it was going to close.”

Husband and wife Ken and Alice Taylor, of Boston, said Henny’s had been recommended by a friend.

Ken explained: “She was said they did the best food in town and we were in the area and thought we’d call in.

“It’s a shock it’s closed but obviously the owners had their reasons.”

Carla Johnson, of Spilsby, also said she was surprised to find the tea room closed.

She said: “It was always nice, friendly place. The prices were reasonable. A lot of the food was homemade and you could tell. It’s a shame.”

Richard Jackson, of Horncastle, said he believed there were too many cafes and tea rooms in the town.

Owners Debbie and Carol Downs contacted the News with the following statement: “May we take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our lovely family, friends and customers for their kind words and support in the last few weeks.

“This includes some lovely handwritten cards and letters which we feel most humbled by.

“We thank you all and wish you the very best for 2015.”