New-look coffee shop among the antiques

Andrew and Jacqui Saint at Courtyard Coffee House
Andrew and Jacqui Saint at Courtyard Coffee House
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A rundown Sheffield cafe has been given a new lease of life – and is set to become a key part of the city’s developing Antiques Quarter.

Work to renovate the Courtyard Coffee House in Langton’s Antiques Centre in Heeley was aided by a £10,000 loan from a council fund designed to help small businesses.

Husband and wife team Andrew and Jacqui Saint used the cash to install a new kitchen and to completely redecorate.

Andrew said they realised the cafe held real potential as part of the Antiques Quarter community.

“We were familiar with the business and we both felt it was a real gem as we have previous catering experience and we could see huge potential,” he said.

“While it had become rundown, we saw a chance to improve on what was on offer, from the quality of food to service and the premises. We felt we could really make our mark in a positive way through the correct management, marketing and a refit.

“In the first week alone we doubled our takings thanks to a thorough clean of the premises, but we wanted to make a real difference to the coffee house and knew renovation was the way.

“The loan enabled us to purchase the business and complete our plans as a quality food and drink venue. Our aim is to become a key part of the Antiques Quarter.”