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Sammy’s Bar & Restaurant closed after 4 years and several re-launches. The lease for this building is now up for sale – for any interested parties contact

Work is underway at other locations for refurbishment – Red Peppers is closed for this reason and should be open in mid-May (3 weeks from 23rd April), The Loft is also undergoing a major renovation but will re-open soon. Work has also begun transforming the former tattoo shop on Stanley Road into new Italian “Cafe Toscana”. Caffee Teddington (near Sorrento) should open next week.

The Fish Bar on Kingston Road has successfully applied for permission to open for longer hours – now 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am-9pm Sunday and bank holidays. Nearby the application for change to use from office space to cafe on Kingston Road refused – possibly because this would have led to too high a concentration of cafe’s in this parade of shops.

The Cavan Bakery has launched a new range of sandwiches with eye-catching names including Poultry in Motion, Colonel Mustard and The Full Money. The Nearest Cafe are now open until 5pm every Wednesday and now offer a new text coffee-ordering service. *See comment under the article for more Nearest Cafe news.

After last year’s sold out talk by Teddington Cheese, the library will be hosting a ‘From Bean to Cup‘ talk by everyone’s favourite coffee roaster Astrora Coffee – including the origins of coffee, harvesting, processing, roasting, tasting and how to brew the best coffee at home. Tickets including refreshments are £2 for the talk on Wednesday 16 May 6-7pm.

Teddington Travelodge is now open and nearby businesses have already started to notice the effects of this – spotting customers visiting their shops with suitcases trailing behind them.

Mela Mela celebrated their four-year anniversary recently with a celebratory pink bubbly day, attendees were encouraged to wear their favourite vintage outfit and the wearer of the winning outfit was crowned Miss Mela received a sash and shop vouchers.

Nutritious Delicious chocolate truffles (74% dark chocolate) are a creation of Teddington resident Carey and are manufactured by Montezuma’s. The Healthy Chocolate range in additional to being very delicious are packed with vitamins, zinc, magnesium and high in anti-oxidant values, and currently available at Cook which itself has recently launched its home delivery service.

Recent studies have shown that UK retailers are abandoning the high street in increasing numbers in favour of moving to out-of-town locations – this effect adds empty units to towns that are already suffering from closing businesses so it’s never been a better time to support your local high street by using it first before you consider shopping elsewhere!

There has been lots of talk about a potential farmers market in Teddington again – if anyone is interested in taking part in discussions and potentially going forward with this idea then email the local go-to lady for cakes, Trudi Harrison (CakesByTrudi) at


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  • There’s even more changes here at the Nearest Cafe, not only will we be open until 5 on a Wednesday, we will also open until 5 on a Saturday, but close on Tuesdays, which is oddly enough our quietest day, to give us time for a bit of maintainance and business development.

    Speaking of which, we have our new summer menu launching on tuesday with some amazing luxury sandwiches and fresh, delicious salads.

    Finally, for the jubilee weekend, while we will close on the bank holiday monday (as we always do), we will have a byo hog roast and concert with music from on the tuesday, weather permitting of course.

    That’s it for now,




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