Opening times for cafe that shut down

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SHEFFIELD Council is still advertising as open a much-loved park café - which closed more than two weeks ago.

The café at Whirlowbrook Hall, which used to serve teas, cakes and ice creams to park-goers, is no longer open for business.

Caterers Fretwell-Downing pulled out in October after failing to reach agreement with the council on a new lease for the historic building in Whirlowbrook Park.

Local people had collected a petition of over 1,500 signatures against the closure.

But Sheffield Council’s website is still advertising opening times for the café.

A message states: “Situated inside the magnificent Whirlowbrook Hall, the café serves up splendid food with views to match. Overlooking beautifully landscaped grounds, you can indulge in light meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams.”

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Sheffield Hallam MP, slammed the Labour-controlled council for ‘false advertising’.

He said: “The fact that the council is advertising the café just shows the incompetence and lack of care that has led to the situation we find ourselves in.

“I still believe the café could have become economically viable, just like other park cafes in Sheffield.

“But it was clear Labour councillors couldn’t be bothered to put the required effort into making it work.

“It is a tragedy that more than 60 years of history has been thrown away.

“When they closed the café the council promised ‘a separate café solution’ would be found.

“Along with local Liberal Democrat councillors, I will be pressing them to deliver on this.”