Following the announcement of the existing Shop premises going up for sale (we had traded successfully for 15 years) we had to find alternative premises, a public meeting was held with a steering committee being formed which led on to the Antrobus Village Hall Trustees agreeing to provide temporary premises for the shop and the new venture of a Tea Room.
On 24th July 2018 a rundown Static Caravan was purchased and with the help and generosity of our fabulous hardworking and dedicated village craftsman we set to work and over the next seven weeks we turned it into a Community Shop and Tea Room and opened for business on 10 Sept 2018.
‘The Van’ is supported by villagers, cyclists, walkers in fact anyone who happens to have followed the signs. Everyone is welcome; we have an access ramp to give wheelchair and baby buggy access. We have a hitching rail to be used by our horsey village friends and we also have plenty of cycle racks, dog tethering points and outdoor and indoor seating.
Why not come and have a look at our fabulous community shop? We sell essentials including locally sourced pies, local honey, eggs and Feldy Bird products as well as other delights.
You will be warmly welcomed when you come in to pick up your daily newspaper before sitting down in our super Tea Room with a great choice of teas and barista coffee to choose from.
Perhaps you might like to have a slice of homemade cake whilst chatting or using the free WiFi. You can have a look through our great photobook showing how we turned an old static caravan into a fabulous new enterprise.
The tea room has a reading rack with daily newspapers and magazines; you will always have company in ‘The Van’ and made to feel most welcome.
We have got off to a great start with some lovely comments about the location, the volunteers and friendly welcome.
This is our community hub and is run entirely by volunteers. We are always on the lookout for new people to help out so if you have a couple of hours you can spare to work in the shop, or maybe an ambition to learn how to use our barista coffee machine and make great fancy drinks? If so then please call us 07925 689578 – or just call in, we would love to see you.
You can find us on Facebook under Antrobus Community Shop and Tea Room for all our latest news including opening times.
We are in the Village Hall Car park, access is on Knutsford Road, Antrobus CW9 6LB.