A WORCESTER couple who run a popular coffee shop in the heart of the city say it has been "consistently enjoyable" as they prepare to leave their post.

Pete and Gemma Round, from Worcester, have taken charge of Commandery Coffee over the past seven years but have decided to spread their wings.

The couple confirmed the news on the coffee shop's social media pages, which has been met with a flood of messages wishing them all the best for the future.

"After 7 years of running Commandery Coffee, Pete and I have decided it’s our time to move on," the post read.

"Our last day of trading will be 31st May and we will be open ‘as normal’ up until this date so would love to serve you all as much as possible until then."

Mr Round said he and wife are now looking to take on a new challenge.

"We decided we needed a change basically," he said.

"We are looking to do something different.

"We have been running the shop since 2017 so that's a little over seven years.

"Gemma ran it for six months for someone else who then decided they didn't want to carry on so she took it on for them."

Mr Round said the couple had nothing but positive memories to look back on.

"It has been fantastic, all of it," he said.

"The customers, the people, the experiences, the memories.

"Everyone has been so welcoming to us since we have been here, but all good things have to come to an end.

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"It's such a positive place to be. I remember we had so much support from customers during Covid.

"It's been consistently enjoyable. There are too many highlights to choose from."

While Mr Round admitted customers were naturally disappointed to see them go, they appreciated they were "following their hearts" and doing "what was right" for them.

"Nothing is concrete as to what we do next," he added.

"We have a few options that we are looking into, but we hope to stay in a similar line of work.

"It's under wraps for now but people can follow us on social media to see what we do next."

Mr Round also paid tribute to the "fantastic" staff at the coffee shop saying they had been "really supportive" and that both were really grateful and would miss them.