One of Fakenham’s best-loved cafes is closing
- Credit: Ian Burt
Owner Nick Honey said Honey's, in Miller's Walk, would close its doors for the final time on Saturday.
Mr Honey, 33, who opened the business five years ago, said:
'It is with real sadness and a heavy-heart that I've decided to close Honey's Caffe. Running this business has been a real journey and along the way I've had the pleasure, together with other Honey's team members, to serve the good people of Fakenham.
'Much more than just customers, so many have become friends. I would just like to give my personal thanks to everyone who has supported me, and this independent coffee shop, over the previous years,'
Trade at the cafe has fallen 30pc over the last five years. The arrival of other outlets, including the newly-arrived Costa, in nearby Bridge Street, has increased competition in the town. Mr Honey also believes parking issues deter some visitors from making a trip to Fakenham.
Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan said of the closure: 'It's a shame, being an independent trader in the town having a quality product it's a real shame. I'd like to say thank you to Nick, because he's done a good job for the town.'
Regular customer Angie Singleton, who lives in the town's Jubilee Avenue, said: 'After too few years of having lovely food and drinks, having made such lovely friends, unfortunately Honey's Cafe is having to close.
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'To me and most of the regulars it has been like a second home and we will be very sad to see it close.
'On behalf of myself and everyone that goes in there a huge thank you to Nick Honey, Liz Page, Ryan Dungey and Tara hannah for making us feel welcome.'
The cafe also drew many plaudits online. One customer wrote on website Tripadvisor: 'Honey's Caffe has nicer coffee and a friendlier atmosphere than any of it's nearby rivals.
Another posted: 'The food is to die for. Staff are the friendliest. It's a good place to come and chill.'
And one regular said: 'This cafe has Lovely staff members, The owner is very friendly and welcoming, The food is as good as it gets.'
Mr Honey said the cafe would close for the final time on 5pm on Saturday.