St Neots café to close its doors for good

A street view of Kwellers Coffee House and Café on 2-6 Cambridge Street in St Neots.

A street view of Kwellers Coffee House and Café on 2-6 Cambridge Street in St Neots. - Credit: Google Images

The family-run Kwellers Coffee House Café, in St Neots, has announced it is taking the tough decision to close its doors through a culmination of unfortunate circumstances and tough times.

Kwellers has been situated along Cambridge Street and a part of the community for the last four years, but at the end of July/beginning of August, it will shut for good.

The announcement posted on social media said: "We cannot express just how difficult this decision has been to make, as this has been a lifelong dream of ours to own our own café, and we have loved every minute of our journey. 

"We are enormously proud of what we have achieved over the last four years. None of us knew a pandemic would be on the horizon, and we did so well to survive through that.

"We are proud to have showcased small local businesses within the café, host events and parties, provide catering, and so much more."

The café prides itself on serving home-baked goods and hosts events, including children's events, making it a popular spot for young families.

More than 70 comments on the Facebook post expressed sadness at the news, remarking what a happy and child-friendly café it was.

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The owner and manager of Kwellers, Simone Borley, said: “Unfortunately, there just isn’t the business for everybody.” 

"We’re going to miss our customers the most. We love our customers; they love us too and are very upset that we are going.

"Our regular customers are just wonderful, and it’s more like friends coming over for tea. We are going to miss them absolutely.”

Simone added that with fewer customers due to the rise in the cost of living, the opening of other cafes and more footfall closer to the high street than at their location, they couldn't afford to carry on.

The Kwellers team hopes to continue working until August 6, the cafe's four-year anniversary, although this is dependent on stock levels.

In the meantime, it will be business as usual, and customers are encouraged to use their loyalty cards before the end of July and to contact the café if they have any concerns about bookings.