Stokes Tea and Coffee has today announced that it will no longer be operating the cafe at The Collection museum in Lincoln.
The popular cafe, which has been run by Stokes on a tender basis for eight years, will now be operated by Lincolnshire County Council.
Nick Peel, Managing Director at Stokes, said: “For the last eight years, Stokes have served loyal customers and visitors as well as helping people celebrate their special occasions and events at the Collection Café.
“It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided not to retender for the contract to provide catering for the county council at the Collection.
“Our site, further up the hill at the Lawn, on Union road, has a thriving café and we currently host many special events in our own event space/theatre, the Blue room.
“We have 12 staff of whom most are part time, all of whom we hope to relocate within our other two cafes and expanding events space.
“With our application for the Lawn to become a licensed wedding venue, we are concentrating our efforts on developing this site further as well as continuing to operate our flag ship store on Lincoln’s High Bridge.
“We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their patronage at the Collection and we wish the county council, who will now operate the café, every success for the future.”
Stokes are working on a collaboration with the Collection to ensure that customers can still get their cup of Stokes tea and coffee at the venue.
James Sharples from The Collection Museum said: “We’re grateful to Stokes for their efforts over the years and will be sorry to see them go.
“The café at The Collection will remain open to visitors, and we’ll be running an in-house offer.”