Fans are devastated when Belvoir Castle, a popular cafe, announces its closure “with a heavy heart.”



Belvoir Castle’s much-loved Cafe is closing after three years, much to the dismay and disappointment of its customers.

Cafe Allez, owned by Mark Trevarthen and Claire Fretwell, will stop trading on the grounds of the Leicestershire tourist attraction in March.

Cafe Allez is loved by many

They wrote, “It’s been a blast, and we’ll be missing you all,” in a Facebook post.

“It will soon be three years since we (nervously opened) our doors. We would love to continue our journey at Belvoir. However, there is no way for us to renew our lease.

“Our team was informed last week. We still have eight weeks to serve you, and we plan to make the most every day. They, being true professionals, pledged to fight the last day to deliver the quality customer service and customer satisfaction that you expect from Cafe Allez!”

The Cafe features local produce from Engine Yard traders, including Cherizena and Jorge Artisan Foods, The Country Victualler, and Cherizena. Other regional favorites include Doughnotts and Thaymar, the Fruit Basket and Bloomsbury Bakery, and Doughnotts and Thayer.

Mr. Trevarthen stated: “We have been truly blessed to own Belvoir Castle as our locale.”

He stated that the business allowed them to network with other cyclists through their cycling routes, special offers for cyclists, and get-togethers. They also launched their walking paths to make it more accessible to all who want to take in the beauty of the vale.

With the help of the castle, they also brought Parkrun to Vale of Belvoir.

He said, “Please don’t ask us about the plans for this site, as we have not been informed.”

“As for Claire, there is no Plan B… but Claire and I have each other. We have a van with dates in the diary and some great memories. Memories of meeting so many people and working with colleagues make going to perform an absolute pleasure.

Nearly 500 people left comments on the loss, including one that said: “I’m shocked and devastated for all of you and selfishly for us …. what are we going to accomplish without you all to brighten up our day?” It’s unbelievable.

Another comment: “Cafe Allez makes it easy for many people to go to the engine yard to shop.” It’s the people who make any company a success that matter most. Without you, it won’t be the same. You two will continue to move forwards.

This is horrible news! I hope that you are able to re-establish elsewhere. A third said that it was a poor decision.

Cafe Allez was established by the couple in 2017. They served coffee, cake, and other refreshments at events and weddings in their 1972 Citroen HY van. Van Henri was nicknamed Van Henri.

Belvoir Castle issued a statement saying that they were sorry. Cafe Allez’s time at the castle had to end.

“They have created a fantastic business and have loyal customers that we don’t think will be disappointed.

“Cafe Allez was initially offered a three-year lease, which will end in March. This will allow work to begin on a long-term plan to improve visitor facilities and access to the castles and gardens.

“This includes a complete renovation of the buildings that currently house the Cafe and the ticket office.

“We are still working with planners on finer details, but once we have a go ahead, the plans will be shared with everyone.

“We wish Claire, Mark, and the entire Cafe Allez team the very best and hope that everyone gets the chance to visit them before March 31st. All of us will miss their delicious cakes!

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