A NEW café has opened for business in the heart of a village near Worcester.

No.1 Brownes Way, in the village of Hallow, next to Ladygo Stores, off the A443, opened its doors on Saturday, November 25.

Thomas Baldwin, owner of No.1 Brownes Way, has been hard at work over the last few months to get the café ready for opening.

He said: "We opened on Saturday and today (Monday, November 27)  is our third day, and things have been brilliant so far.

"We have had so much support from the locals in the village, and also lots of brilliant feedback as well which is encouraging.

"It has been a bit stressful as was to be expected, but things are coming along nicely."

The business has filled a gap in the village, which until now, did not have a designated café.

Mr Baldwin said that a "contemporary" and "modern" design was the vision for the business, to meet the needs of the growing village.

He said: "We have gone for a sleek and modern design at the cafe. With the new builds in Hallow, we wanted a contemporary, nice modern feel to the cafe to align with the rest of the village."

Mr Baldwin said that he has felt a lot of support from those interested in the village, and from people online who have been following the business' development.

He said: "As a business owner, it is fantastic to know that before we opened, there were so many people who were interested in the project.

"It makes it all worthwhile. This has been three years in the making and we are just so happy to be here.

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The convenience store, Ladygo Stores, has been a family-run business since the 1990s, and the café is being run by the same family.