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Much-loved café to close this month


An iconic Stroud café site that has served customers since the 1970s is set to close at the end of this month.

Previously a Wimpy in the 1970s, the Penny Farthing Café has been a long-standing fixture on the Stroud High Street and has provided traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options for more than two decades.

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Picture by Kaine Sweet.

A heartfelt note to inform customers of the closure has been placed on the café front door, it reads: “Dear customers, we regret to inform you that we will be closing down in the coming days.

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Picture by Kaine Sweet.

“We would like to thank you all for your support over the years, here at Penny Farthing. Best of wishes, Sharaz, Mitch, Julie and Evie.”

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Filming with iconic actor Jim Broadbent took place at the Penny Farthing Pic: Ash Loveridge

For many, the café evokes nostalgia of a bygone Stroud: “I remember after The Gorge closed in the Merrywalks precinct, the owner moved into the Penny Farthing and kept the Gorge bench seats.”

Martin Long said: “I used to go into the cafe when it was a Wimpy in the 1980s. Stroud has changed so much since then – hardware store Smith & Lee was next door, where Holland & Barratt is now.”

Jim Greenshields who travels from Gloucester to enjoy a regular cooked breakfast, said: “I’ve enjoyed going in over the years and always enjoyed the banter with the staff. The food is always freshly cooked and good value.

“This is a great loss for Stroud and they will be missed and fondly remembered.”

Two years ago the café was used as a film set for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, starring Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent.

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