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Thornwood's Cross Keys Cafe to be demolished to make way for houses
A cafe in a building which has been used to serve the public for more than two centuries is relocating to make way for housing.
The 2.2 acre site housed a blacksmiths when it opened in the 1800s and was said to have been more popular for its refreshments than its metal work.
The original building was first converted into a cafe and then a pub, with the cafe rebuilt directly behind.
The land is now being sold to an Epping based housing developer by the owner David Coates.
He said: “People like it because it’s a traditional old cafe but it’s a scruffy entrance to Epping and needs to be revamped.”
Charlene Latchford runs the Cross Keys Cafe with her parents Linda and Philip, who have been in the Thornwood premises since January 2005.
Mr Latchford said: “We would have preferred to stay but that wasn’t really an option. It’s more profitable to sell it as building plots.”
The land was listed for £1.2 million and approval has been granted for two five-bedroom houses and for the pub to be converted into a four-bedroom house.
The transport cafe, which has always retained the same name, will close on September 28 and reopen at the site of the old Midland Bank in Old Harlow on October 1.
Mr Latchford remained optimistic about the move adding: “We’re moving to a better building. It’s got everything we need with much better security.”
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