The Coffee House says goodbye to Ixworth ahead of opening new Bury St Edmunds library branch
A library's vacant café space will soon be home to a coffee shop, after a lease was signed this week.
Bury St Edmunds Central Library's colourful café has been empty since 2017.
But now, Bury-based independent coffee shop business The Coffee House has announced it is move in.
Ahead of the opening Coffee House owners Lucy Newell and Jess Darnell said a sad farewell to their Ixworth High Street branch, which served its last cuppa on Sunday.
"We've had an amazing four-and-a-half years at Ixworth but the lease is up and the property is for sale, so we are moving onwards," said Jess.
"We want to thank all the residents and customers who have supported us at Ixworth.
"We are very keen to inject our Coffee House experience into Bury Library. We look forward to making new friends there."
Lucy and Jess say they plan to bring a new experience to the library, with music, freshly-baked cakes and locally-sourced ingredients and coffee.
Bruce Leeke, chief executive of Suffolk Libraries, said: “I’m delighted The Coffee House are moving into the library.
"Customers have missed having a café and the Coffee House will offer a great experience. As a local business they’ll attract new customers and be really popular with our regulars.
"We want libraries to be places where people can spend as much time as they like enjoying our services and activities or just relaxing and socialising. The Coffee House will make the library environment even more welcoming and a great place to visit – yet another great reason to visit the library.”
Coffee House owners Lucy Newell and Jess Darnell opened their first coffee shop in Lawson Place, Bury, in November 2010.
Their vision was to provide a 'warm and inviting environment' in which to sit with friends and listen to great music while drinking coffee.
The Moreton Hall branch was joined by the Ixworth Coffee House in August 2014, while a third opened at Moseley’s Farm, in Fornham All Saints, last November.
The business donates a penny for every coffee sold to St Nicholas Hospice Care, while also supporting the charity through other fund-raising.
It is hoped the Bury Library Coffee House will be open within the next fortnight.