A popular Sheffield village hub faces being shut for good if a new tenant cannot be found to manage it.
The Schoolrooms on Mill Lee Road, Low Bradfield, has been closed since the current management team left unexpectedly last month.
Now Rachel Hague, whose family has owned the picturesque Victorian building for a quarter of a century, is appealing for a new tenant to come forward and run the butchery, delicatessen, cafe and bistro.
Rachel said: “We are desperately seeking someone so we can get it back open as quickly as possible.
“It’s a fantastic spot. It’s very difficult in the village without it being open because customers are having to travel into Hillsborough for the same sort of facilities.
“You don’t get the same thing in a supermarket that you get in a small, friendly local shop.
“It’s a big of a hub of the village where people meet each other. The shop means people can get together without having to get in their cars to see friendly faces.”
The former school at the site closed in the 1980s. The building lay derelict for about 20 years until Rachel’s family opened The Schoolrooms in 2011.
The family ran it themselves for a couple of years until other commitments meant they had to let it out.
Rachel said: “The closure is impacting on suppliers too as they have lost a client. We have people wanting to sell their meat and other produce in our shop.
“A desperate search is now on to locate individuals or a team to run the business. It needs to cater for the needs of the huge numbers of dog walkers and families seeking a pleasant day out in the village, whilst also catering for the needs of local people who relied on the fantastic, homemade produce sold in the shop and the well stocked butchery.”
The butchery counter provided locally-sourced top quality meat and game, while the delicatessen counter featured a plethora of delicious items including pies, quiches, picnic items and an array of British cheeses.
Rachel hopes the new individual or team will also help to revive the popular bistro nights, where the chefs were given a chance to demonstrate their flair with high end cuisine.
She said: “We are desperately seeking someone to pioneer The Schoolrooms and return this much-loved business to its former glory, for the benefit of villagers and visitors alike.”
Any interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org.