Masham cafe to stay open one day a week after A1 row

A cafe in Masham which closed after signs to the town on the A1 were removed has decided to stay open on a Sunday following pleas from customers.

The owner of Old Station Cafe, parish Coun Flo Grainger, decided to close her business after suffering devastating losses when A1 signs directing visitors to the town were removed as part of the motorway upgrade.

But Coun Grainger has endeavoured to keep her cafe open every Sunday so that her loyal customers can continue to enjoy her home cooking.

“We have had such a response from our customers and local people who want us to continue our Sunday lunches,” said Coun Grainger, who has worked in catering for 20 years.

“I feel an awful lot better. It’s not brilliant to only be opening one day a week but we have very loyal customers.”

Old Station Cafe, which sits on the road into Masham, announced its closure to the Gazette last month after suffering a 55 per cent drop in profits. Signs directing motorists from the A1 to Masham were removed as part of the Government’s multi-million pound upgrade of the route.

“People know my cooking – it’s good, honest Yorkshire food. I am really delighted that I can still feed my customers. We’ve also had lots of people booking for Christmas parties. Hopefully we can keep going through the winter,” said Coun Grainger.

Old Station Cafe buys local produce from 11 Masham businesses and Coun Grainger added: “We’ve got a responsibilty to people in the town.”