Former library replaced by Italian-themed café in village

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 July 2019

Lee Bavetta with wife Sara, Ashleigh and Jamie McAllister outside The Old Library. Picture: The Old Library

Lee Bavetta with wife Sara, Ashleigh and Jamie McAllister outside The Old Library. Picture: The Old Library

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A community has welcomed the opening of a café which has taken the place left by the former Long Ashton Library.

The Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old LibraryThe Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old Library

People flocked to try coffee and cake at The Old Library café, after it threw open its doors for the first time on Friday morning.

North Somerset Council approved plans for the building to be converted into a café in February,

The council closed the village's library in December to save money.

A mobile replacement service runs from Long Ashton Community Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays in the village.

The Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old LibraryThe Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old Library

A spokesman from The Old Library said: "We had a very successful launch day for the business' opening weekend, which started on Friday.

"The café has had so much support from Long Ashton's community who have got behind us in this new venture, from its planning stage right through to when the business opened its doors last week.

"The café's coffee is sourced from Clifton Coffee Roasters and The Old Library also likes to keep it local with liquid refreshments from drinks' companies in the area.

"The Old Library also sells cakes and biscuits supplied by a Long Ashton baker, and pizzas are made using fresh ingredients cooked by the company's Italian chef in an authentic pizza oven, which has been delivered from Italy."

The Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old LibraryThe Old Library launch day. Picture: The Old Library

"The team at the café would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported the business' opening, they have been amazing."

Villagers' concerns about the business holding an alcohol licence were dismissed last month after North Somerset said it will not allow the café to sell booze from 10am daily, as had been planned.

The Old Library, set-up by former Bristol City footballer Jamie McAllister and Bristol businessman Antonio Bavetta, will instead serve alcohol from noon to 9pm each day.

The café will soon launch a menu which will include gluten-free cakes, frittata-of-the-day and salad options.

Gluten-free pizza will also be available to those who have an intolerance to the wheat-product.

The café opens in Long Ashton seven days a week, Monday to Saturday from 9am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm.

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