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Artisan café to open in Gloucester

A new artisan café and gelateria is set to open, with plans to create up to 15 new jobs.

The new eatery at 60, Westgate Street (the former Raging Bull clothing store) is due to open soon.

The announcement came as the new occupants placed branded signage in the shop windows revealing their planned opening as well as the name of the establishment.

The name 'Clementine' may be new in the county's café scene, but the brains behind the business are not.

Owners Andrew and Deborah Thomas opened their first Clementine café in Cheltenham just last month, but previously ran The Swallow Bakery at The Quadrangle, Imperial Square.

The Swallow Bakery closed permanently on March 18 this year, as the entire building was due to be refurbished.

After a highly successful opening of its sister-café at 4 Queen's Circus, Montpellier, Cheltenham, they plan to bring a selection of delicious coffee and homemade cakes to Gloucester too.

As part of a statement submitted alongside the planning application, Andrew said: "The investment in Project Pilgrim will bring many more tourists and visitors to Gloucester City Centre and Gloucester Cathedral.

"Our intention is to invest in refurbishing 60 Westgate Street to open an artisan bakery and tearooms. We would provide a facility that is not adequately provide at present.

"All our cakes, bread and other goods will be baked on the premises using local suppliers for the ingredients.

"We will create about 15 new jobs which would be far more than a retail shop would provide."

Although no official opening date has been announced for the new café, they are recruiting now.

Before Raging Bull, the premises were owned by up-market menswear brand Hayden Taylor. With four floors the grade 2 listed building dates back to the 19th century and is on a prime site near the entrance to Gloucester Cathedral.

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