New station cafe for Yatton
PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 08 November 2010
A CELEBRATORY pre-opening event was held in Yatton to mark the near completion of a community-led initiative.
Residents and members of the Strawberry Line Café project have been fund-raising for two years to raise £250,000 to turn a derelict station waiting room into a café.
Supporters of the venture gathered at the Railway Inn in Station Road last week and it is hoped the cafe will be open in time for Christmas.
The restoration of the Brunel designed Great Western Railway building on platform one began in August. The facility will serve rail commuters, residents and visitors to the popular cycle and footpath, the Strawberry Line, which starts at Yatton.
The building is an unusual construction with horizontal oak panelling covering the internal rubble walls. A 130-year-old timber extension has been totally rebuilt on a new brick plinth and the original Victorian windows have now been renovated and re-opened.