Jon is on top with new Cafe in the Attic

Picture of the Attic Cafe from
Picture of the Attic Cafe from

A married couple have triumphed over strong competition to win the bid to take over a High Street cafe after its unexpected closure earlier this month.

Jon Warbrick and wife Amy were chosen from 10 other candidates to take on the former Attic Cafe in Berkhamsted High Street after former owner James Hannaway – who owns The Rex – announced its shock closure on October 1.

The Warbricks have renamed the seven-day eatery the Cafe in the Attic to coincide with their other business, the Cafe in the Woods in Wendover Woods.

The doors to the cafe above Home & Colonial will re-open to customers again tomorrow at 9.30am, and Jon says he hopes to shine the spotlight on good food and good service once again.

The father-of-two from Hemel Hempstead said: “We are absolutely delighted. We want to breathe fresh life and energy into the business and food will be right at the heart of everything.”

The couple, who have owned successful Cafe in the Woods for eight years, have also kept on several of the former Attic Cafe staff who feared their jobs would be at risk after the cafe’s initial closure.

Jon, who is dad to toddler Finlay and baby Emilia, said: “There was a really well-liked team here before, so why change it?”