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2022

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Now serving coffee and Turkish cookies

The new owner of Coffee Corner is Turkish-born Mustafa Karkur who is being helped by his teenaged son Enes.

The pair have exciting innovations to introduce in the next few weeks to the Colliers Walk café which includes serving smoothies, waffles, and ice-creams both in-house and to takeaway.

Currently if you order a coffee it comes with a complimentary Turkish cookie.

The menu, name and opening hours may change but the plan for now is to open six days a week from 8am-5pm.

Previous owner Dean Sandy is taking a well-earned break after three years in charge and says he is on a beach somewhere!

Coates House seems to be recovering from its poor food and hygiene rating which a month or so ago was upgraded to a three 'generally satisfactory' and we enjoyed a delicious bacon bap (baguette) in the High Street café at the weekend.

Waitrose café seems to change its opening hours at will and service, sadly, is slow and often wrong.

But the popular Ivy Kitchen is heaving and we were unable to get a seat on Saturday morning. 

The big debate on whether Coffee 1 is opening in the old NatWest bank unit at Somerset Square, or the former New Look fashion store is still being discussed and Nailsea People is no further getting absolute confirmation.

Meanwhile the fitters are busy at the new Winning Post betting shop at Crown Glass Shopping Centre which we are told will open in the next two to three weeks.

This is next to S&R Burchills the greengrocers which is due to switch to online orders only when it closes at 3-4 Colliers Walk on Saturday, July 23.

Café 119 at Station Road is to open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm for pizzas, burgers and alcohol beverages including cocktails.

Nailsea places serving coffee:

  • Café 119

  • Coates House

  • Coffee Corner

  • Coffee #1 (opening soon and recruiting staff)

  • Costa at Tesco supermarket

  • Costa at Somerset Square

  • Greggs bakery

  • Ivy Kitchen

  • Parsons bakery café

  • Paradiso Italian restaurant

  • Scotch Horn café

  • Royal Oak pub

  • The Glass Maker, Wetherspoons

  • The Sawyers Arms

  • Waitrose café

  • sometimes The Coffee Caravan outside Post Office

  • all the clubs and other pubs in the town - in fact you can even get a cup of coffee in the hairdressers and beauty salons!

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Coffee anyone?

When we announced on the Nailsea People Facebook page that Coffee 1 is coming to Somserset Square the news reached more than 6,000 readers in the first 24 hours of posting.
The vast majority were overwhelmingly in favour.
It was customer Alan and his wife Barbara , of Home Additions, who popped into Coffee#1 Clevedon at the weekend and met the soon-to-be Nailsea manager. 
She told him she was currently in training with her staff at 7 Station Road off The Triangle before moving to Nailsea.
They were told that Coffee 1 would be opening soon in the old NatWest bank unit at Somerset Square close to Costa Coffee and Coffee Corner (formerly Greens and on the market). 
Now we always thought this was going to be where the library moved. 
But no if all the correct plans/proposals happen the latest idea it is to move to the vacated HSBC double unit close to the Winning Post betting shop, in Collier Walk. 
Sadly Beth Walker announced she was closing her Portishead shop but this didn't affect the one in Nailsea High Streeet.
She said: "I am really sorry to say that I will be closing the Portishead shop at the end of June. 
"It’s been a tough couple of years and unfortunately the shop isn’t performing as well as we need it to be to carry on trading. 
"We will be open as normal until Thursday, June 30. 
"Keep an eye out for any sales over the next few weeks so you can grab yourself a bargain before we go."
She added that Portishead customers will still be able to shop at Simply Green in Nailsea and online.
And at Flower Bee which has finally seen the end of the scaffolding Jenn Pera has different opening hours.
She said: "We have amended our opening times to fit with current shopping habits. 
"We have been tracking this for a while and have found set shopping patterns among the public.  
"We are now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8.30am- 1pm and Saturdays 9.30am-1pm.
"We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. 
"We have found these times are when we see the highest trade and enquires. 
"This enables us to balance our time more effectively to provide a better service and constance for our customers. 
"Our phone lines are open on our open days from 9.30am until 4.30pm on 01275 853209.

"Same day deliveries can be made when ordered by noon and we can always arrange for collections or deliveries for the following day. 

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"Our Interflora service is still currently available. 

"Any wedding or funeral enquiries can be made over the phone or we can arrange an in person meet.

"In June Jenn will be hosting a dried wreath workshop (date tbc) and a 15 per cent off plants offer."

Jenn will also be supporting Fiver Fest.

Open, shut and shared retail news in Nailsea

Nailsea People counted 10 empty retail units in Colliers Walk on Tuesday, June 7, with the double unit of S&R Burchills going to trade online only from Saturday, July 23.

We posted this information on our Nailsea People Facebook page and within one day it reached nearly 5,000 readers with more than 50 comments.

We have no date for the Winning Post betting shop to open but its windows are blanked out so something is going on inside.

Boots now closes at lunchtime amid persistent rumours it is going to close permanently?

Greggs was closed due to staff sickness and Coffee Corner shut for the day is reopening on Wednesday - no reason given for Tuesday closure.

Costa coffee shop is busy after its refit and the shoe shop next to Waitrose is packing up for good and is now closed.

Waitrose café has altered its opening hours on Tuesday to close earlier at 2pm - not sure if this is a permanent move. Anyone with any updates?

Oh and did you notice the builders rumble between Coates House and next door charity shop.

Coates House was recently awarded a 'generally satisfactory' 3 in the food and hygiene ratings same as Kebab Kitchen (in 2021) and Posh Spice (in 2020).

Here are a selection of the FB comments:

Michelle Luton said: "It's sad, I don't know why they don't let the empty units with six months free rent or a pop up shop to entice new businesses , I would definitely have a unit I make and sell bows and accessories and think it would do great but with the rent and rates only to start off is really expensive."
Jay Bear Jones said: "The problem is Nailsea has a real problem with footfall, there is nothing to attract people to the local area, the more empty shops the worse the precinct and high street look. But this isn't just a Nailsea problem, look at Broadmead, Debenhams is still empty, Mark & Spencers gone, The Galleries is in need a major facelift. It's the business rates, energy, fuel etc that are all rising. The high street has been dying for best part of a decade thanks to the rise of online shopping we don't go to the high street any more as Amazon can deliver it cheaper and quicker to you door with a tap. Covid has just sped the decline."
Emma Michelle said: "Is North Somerset Council doing anything to regenerate Nailsea high street? With increased housing and more families living in Nailsea, there really is a lack of shops, services and facilities."
Dean Sandy closed Coffee Corner early. He said: "Sorry I had a meeting at 1.15pm and no one to keep the shop open."
Some fear that Praxis the property management company has gone into liquidation but we haven't had any confirmation of this.
Alan Robinson said: "All that’s missing is tumbleweed rolling down the High Street and Colliers Walk/ However it’s not just Nailsea that’s dying - it’s common nationwide."
Jenna Brown said: "The managers need to visit Clark's Village in Street. Beautiful landscaping, garden games, seating, vans serving food. It is a pleasure to visit. Nailsea is a concrete jungle void of greenery, even the trees are pruned back to an inch of their life (may for for their health, but hardly attractive). It's not an attractive place to visit nor representative of the local demographic. Hill Road in Clevedon and Portishead do well, hopefully the new houses will bring more footfall and spending to attract new ventures."
Annie Fawcett said: "Remember the precinct in the late 70s, early 80s - it was always busy."
Flower Bee Florist owner Jenn said: "As others have mentioned footfall has decreased drastically and unfortunately this affects the ability to staff the shop full time. Although our physical opening times have decreased, our phone lines are open from 9.30am-4.30pm ever day on 01275 853209. We offer same day delivery when ordered by noon and next day collections or deliveries when ordered after that."
Phill Wheatley said: "We are all responsible for the demise of the High Street shops. For every click on Amazon, Ebay or whichever online retailer grabs your bag, it's another running down of the click counter clock, turning our high streets into future homes. Is that altogether bad?"
Joanna Hopkinson said: "I asked in Boots if they were closing because of the empty shelves and was told that they are not closing but have several vacancies for staff which are unfilled and therefore they do not have enough staff to unpack new stock and fill the shelves. If anyone is looking for a job, ask in Boots."
Charlotte Hennighan said: "Colliers Walk was quiet enough without Burchills leaving. We own the sweet shop and have to admit that the footfall has decreased significantly in just the few months we have been open let alone the months previous to this. Nailsea is our home and where we want to run our business but unfortunately we are having to seriously consider staying open in Nailsea as its like a ghost town some days. I'd like to think with all the new houses and development it will pick up but small local businesses such as ourselves can't survive waiting for the custom to re-appear unfortunately. With no definite plans at present I can see Colliers Walk being empty sooner rather than later."

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New betting shop opening in centre of Nailsea

Crown Glass Shopping Centre has leased No5 Colliers Walk to betting shop chain Winning Post.
The retail unit was advertised by Prime Location.

It didn't mention the number of empty shops in the Praxis owned centre or the soon-to-vacant next door greengrocers S&R Burchills.

The former Tui travel agents has been empty for some time and the unit was being offered at a rent of:£15,000 pa.

The sales pitch did add the premises are 'part of a 90,000 sq ft centre which adjoins Waitrose and is anchored by a mix of convenience, specialist and national occupiers to include Boots, Superdrug, WH Smith, Specsavers, The Post Office and Wetherspoons' adding 'The premises are directly opposite The Works and Greggs'.
Winning Post has five shops in Bristol and four in Wales.
The family owned company is run by boss Roy Holbrook, his sons, Lee and David, son-in-law Darren, wife Annette and sister-in-law Janice.
The business has been running for more than 34 years as an independent bookmaker and said on its website it has 'big plans for the future'.
In March this year Betfred closed its Nailsea shop.
Betfred founder Fred Done blamed the government’s Covid-19 restrictions for the loss of more than 1,100 betting shops nationwide including the one in Station Road.

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Marketplace moves

Two major shop refits were well underway in Nailsea town centre this week as work on a new entrance to the doctor's surgery nears completion.

Day Lewis chemist shop in the High Street carried on trading during its total refit/restock and workmen assure us that the Costa coffee shop at Colliers Walk will reopen as planned on Saturday, May 28, after a week of being closed for its makeover.

Tower House surgery is getting a patient-friendly entrance but we can find no truth in the persistent rumour that the next-door site of the old petrol station is to become a drive-thru McDonalds - not happening.

Workmen arrived early on Thursday morning in Nailsea High Street to (re)paint double yellow lines - is this getting ready for the long-awaited weight restrictions which we were told were imminent by Nailsea Town Council chairman Mike Bird at the annual meeting? Thanks to Geraint Goddard, of Home Additions, for photo. 

But some traders in Nailsea are concerned about the number of empty shops in the town put as high as 40 per cent in the precinct owned by Praxis.

Greengrocer S&R Burchills, which has been trading in the town for more than 30 years, announced earlier this month that it was to close its store at Collier’s Walk as it was ‘no longer viable’.

The store will continue to serve the Nailsea area through an online shop and via telephone orders from its Bristol Fruit Market warehouse base which in turn is subject to a city development bid.

In the past year or so there have been many closures at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

But this is a nationwide problem made worse by the constant lockdowns and many preferring door-to-door deliveries from the likes of Amazon.

Probably because of its prominent position the former New Look clothing store has had the most impact visually.

HSBC bank shut its doors last year along with TUI travel agents. Cohen’s Chemist also closed along with an ill-fated vape shop and the so-called ‘international store’.

The CLIC Sargent charity shop closed at the beginning of lockdown and has yet to re-open.

S&R Burchills manager Debbie Reeves said: “We have seen footfall drop off here and that is one of the reasons we are leaving.”

Pre-Covid we are told the shop had 900 customers weekly now its lucky to reach 400 despite a ‘use us or lose us’ plea on social media.

And it isn't only the town centre trees which have had a short back and sides incentives like 50 per cent off all groceries including sweets are being offered by The Original Factory Shop until Sunday, May 29, and Iceland next door to the Post Office wants to entice senior citizens on Tuesdays with a 10 per cent discount offer.

And at No85 the new barbers on Friday, May 27, it announced its sunbed had arrived with a special opening offer. It has been busy since opening last month.

The new Sweetz shop has become a tuckshop for excited schoolchildren in Colliers Walk seeing a constant queue of eager youngsters. 

But with ambition new plans announced to redevelopment the former Weston College site with the possibility of re-siting the library into some say the old NatWest retail unit and ideas floated for Aldi to finally arrive in Nailsea there are positive moves afoot.

And continuing the good news is Nailsea's monthly farmers' market which is the biggest and best in Somerset with more than 40 stalls, said organiser Louise Hall.

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CROWN GLASS SHOPPING CENTRE: All of a flutter with red, white and blue flags at Crown Glass Place, Colliers Walk and Somerset Square. Liz Semple took the view from Waitrose cafe all the other images are by Nailsea People. The Queen's Platinum Jubilee events are on our What's On page at Nailsea People HERE which is being added to as we receive them

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Times are a-changin

The shock news mid-May was that from Monday, July 25, S&R Burchills the Colliers Walk greengrocers is taking its business online.

Footfall in the High Street and Crown Glass Shopping Centre has yet to recover from the effects of Covid.

It doesn’t help that 40 per cent of the retail units are empty.

Nailsea Town Council together with North Somerset Council is looking at taking a lease on some of empty shops and letting start-up businesses have them at peppercorn rents.

The issues were discussed at the annual town meeting on Wednesday night, May 11, and a report is on our Pollical Peeps page HERE.

Yet we have one of the biggest farmers’ markets in Somerset and our new barbers at 85 High Street is really busy so it isn’t all doom and gloom.

Charlie Cowan said he will be welcoming sunbeds shortly and a dental whitening service has already moved into one of the therapy rooms. Read our VIP feature on Charlie HERE.

The problem is since lockdown people have got used to online shopping.

Simply Green and the new tuck shop Sweetz saying the low footfall post-Covid was having a worrying impact on their businesses.

And we are told the shoe shop inside the entrance to Waitrose supermarket which is on its at least fifth location (and change of ownership) in the town is also closing.

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BUSINESS AS USUAL: Despite the scaffolding and narrower footpaths it is business as usual for the shops affected by the roof repairs being done to the florists and fish 'n' chip shop. We don't know how long this will take but work started at the end of March. Thanks to Simply Green for the second photo. On the other side of the road is more scaffolding which we thought was the top floor conversion of the old Decades nightclub into apartments but on checking it is next door in the building which houses North Somerset Conservation Association and Hunters property and letting agents. Mid-May and the scaffolding is still in place...

WAITROSE WOES: According to the online The Grocer Waitrose is being forced to make u-turn on loyalty scheme following flood of customer complaints. Nailsea People would like to add their name to the list of disgruntled customers. The first time we were given tuition on how to claim on the new My Loyalty voucher scheme and told next time you will be able to do it yourself! Nope, I couldn't do it neither could lovely Ron on the checkout. My mother-in-law when she complained about the offer discriminating against those without iPhones the customer services staff said they had been inundated with similar complaints. What is your experience? you can read The Grocer article by following link HERE

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Sweetz opens in Nailsea

Sugar and spice and all things nice in the shape of a tradition sweetshop is coming to Nailsea.

Sweetz opens for the first time at 10.30am on Saturday, March 19, at Colliers Walk in the bijou shop that was once home to Chic Blooms before the artistic artificial flower shop moved to bigger premises along the way at Crown Glass Place.

The tiny store was also once home to a double-glazing company and railway model layout.

But at the weekend much to the delight of those with a sweet tooth (besides dentists) a lorry driver and his community nurse wife will turn the place into a traditional tuck shop.

Matthew Rafferty and his wife Charlotte, of Brunel Road, have been running sweet stalls at events throughout North Somerset for a few years but when Covid-19 made that impossible they took the business online with door-to-door deliveries.

It has been a huge success and encouraged the couple to lease the shopping centre retail unit.

Sweerz success

A survey on social media revealed that the older generation prefer to buy their sweets by weight whereas younger customers were happy with buying a cupful of pick-and-mix.

Both will be catered for and online customers will be able to place orders on the website and collect from the shop which will normally open 9am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday staffed by Matt and Charlotte supported by a small army of family and friends.

Matt said it was buying sweets for a little sister Amy at a festival alerted him to the escalating costs of confectionary.

He decided by buying in bulk and repackaging into pocket money size bags was a much better idea.

Matt said: “As these big events we found they were charging £2.50-3 for a 100gms (less than four ounces) where we could sell the same at £1!”

American candy is his number one best seller but also on offer will be gobstoppers, jelly babies and lemon and lime drops, which are also vert popular.

And for parties they have a platter of sweeties to share.

Matt’s hobby is carriage driving and the couple own five horses which they stable in Nailsea while Charlotte enjoys show jumping.

The couple have a 10-month-old baby called Ivy who is currently cutting her first teeth.

Matt used to do weddings with the horse and cart before selling sweets took over all his spare time.

If the shop is a success, Matt hopes to expand the business into a full-time career.

Go online at https://www.sweetzconfectionery.co.uk/ to see full range.

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Nailsea Betfred closed

Betfred founder Fred Done blamed the government’s Covid-19 restrictions for closing more than 1,100 betting shops across the north of England.

Now is seems the Nailsea betting shop in Station Road has gone for good.

A white removal van arrived this week and a man with a ladder and by Saturday, March 12, the shop was gutted.

Rachel Mann thinks it will be replaced by Winning Post but at a new location at Colliers Walk.

Nailsea International Stores was also completely cleared at the weekend so perhaps a new betting shop is going in there?

Winning Post nearest shop is in Portishead.

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FOOD HYGIENE IN NAILSEA

In January 2022 The Food Standards Agency inspected five Nailsea premises.

Four got the top 'five' rating for hygiene, see links.

The FSA is an independent government department working to protect public health and consumers' wider interests in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Only Coates House got a 0 rating. We hope this is an oversight cause by a stressful two years and they will be reinspected soon.

In the meantime well done to The Great Wall, Moorend Spout, Royal Oak and The Old Farmhouse.

 

GREEN HOUSE

Ashley Olsen’s the Silver Street greengrocers has applied to North Somerset Council for its ground floor shop to revert to its original use as living space making the property back into a single dwelling house with new windows and original masonry restored.

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COFFEE CORNER: Change of branding for Greens, same owner, same menu but now different name for the cafe on the corner of Colliers Walk nearly opposite Costa Coffee. Owner Sandy Dean said: "Our coffee is even better now and the menu has some added items and tweaks." On the Nailsea People Facebook page comments included 'more vegan options please' and a discussion about how the premises was once home to Midlands (before HSBC) bank in the early 1970s and how the kitchen is now where the strong room once was...a time when all the units at Crown Glass Shopping Centre were rented/leased and people moved in the upstairs maisonettes along with dentists and office (as opposed to village) people...   

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CAFE SOCIETY: Waitrose cafe is repopening 8am-3pm on Wednesday, February 16, weeks ahead of what was originally planned. However, although spick and span it will not have the complete refit we were first promised. The cafe closed before Christmas ostensibly to make way for festive stock. Further along the road and around the corner the cafe at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre has taken delivery of new tables and chairs

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Farewell to Phil at Maynews

Maynews manager Phil Morris announced on Nailsea People Facebook page that he was leaving the shop after nearly three decades.

In an emotional post Phil said: "Nearly 30 years ago I started working in Maynews Nailsea for Rob and Lyn and I've grown up here
(some might disagree)
"I have decided for a number of reasons that it is now time for a change.
"It's been a tough decision to make but I will be leaving on
Friday. February 18.
"I have got so many memories to take away with me and friendships that will last a lifetime.
"There's been plenty of bumps, ups and downs along the way but everything and everyone I know stems from the time spent in the shop.

"Colleagues, friends, relationships and even enemies have made my time here so special that I just want thank each and every person that has had any involvement here.
"Maynews will of course continue to thrive and look after you all in as many ways as they can and I would like to extend my best wishes to the new members of the Maynews family.
"Take care all of you"

Wellwisher have added lots of good luck comments to the post.

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CHARLIE RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS

The new barbershop at No85 High Street is set to open on Tuesday, February 22, and Nailsea People has written a feature about former Nailsea School student Charlie Cowan, aged 20, and his new venture – just waiting for the High Street shop sign to go up before we share with photo. Read feature HERE

 

MICHAEL RETIRES

Meanwhile Michael's Hair Design at 94 High Street, Nailsea, is closing on Saturday, February 26, after half a century at 94 High Street as its well-liked owner retires. We are told the property will be converted back into a private house – which was its original use many moons ago.

 

AND GOODBYE TO ALL THAT

Nailsea International Store which was due to have its premises licence reviewed for selling alcohol to children on Monday, February 14, has cleared out the shop at Colliers Walk – lock, stock and barrel - well leaving a litter shrewn shop. see pic below. This makes 15 empty units at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

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ONE DOOR OPENS: As another closes. Charlie Cowan is opening a new barbershop in Nailsea at 85 High Street - the old RSPCA shop - making it half a dozen in the town. But Charlie intends to add therapy rooms and sun beds in his new Nailsea venture. We make it six barbers in the town not counting all the unisex hairdressers and customers tell us Michael Hair Design will close in a few weeks as its owner is retiring. Sad to see Michael go after more than half a century as a top stylist in the town. And despite fears Mark'd with Ink the tattoo shop had closed, not true, it has just moved from The Arcade to Clevedon Walk - see shop listings 

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Selling children booze

Nailsea People has been told that Nailsea International Store which opened at Crown Glass Shopping Centre in April 2021 is currently closed because of Covid.

In an update and as we previously commented on a North Somerset Council notice has been posted saying it was reviewing its premises licence as it has been selling alcohol to underage children.

Owner Najdet 'Nash' Mosher originally planned for the store to be 'open all hours', that is, 8am-8pm seven days a week at Colliers Walk.

Sited on the corner it was formerly a wool shop and before that Baker Dolphins travel agents.

Selling alcohol, snacks, tobacco and other beverages Mr Nash said at the time: "Being near the post office we hope we will be busy."

We were told North Somerset Council explained the closure to landlords Crown Glass Shopping Centre that the owner has Covid but has since posted the review notice on the door.

We had heard of schoolchildren in uniform being service and teachers patrolling outside before a lot of police activity at the store.

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Covid closes Nailsea store

Nailsea International Store which opened at Crown Glass Shopping Centre in April 2021 is currently closed because of Covid.

Owner Najdet 'Nash' Mosher originally planned for the store to be 'open all hours', that is, 8am-8pm seven days a week at Colliers Walk.

Sited on the corner it was formerly a wool shop and before that Baker Dolphins travel agents.

Selling alcohol, snacks, tobacco and other beverages Nash said at the time: "Being near the post office we hope we will be busy."

However, North Somerset Council explained the mid-January closure to landlords Crown Glass Shopping Centre that the owner has Covid.

Various unconfirmed complaints had been circulating that the shop had been selling cigarettes to under age children which had prompted police visits.

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Dog Friendly eat:Festivals
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Local food and drink festival organisers, eat:Festivals, are celebrating this week after hearing that they are finalists in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category at the 2022 Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards

Sarah Milner Simonds said: "We think this is a paw-fect start to the new year and really wag-ficient news.

"We work really hard to make our one-day food and drink festivals welcoming for the whole family and that includes four-legged members too."

Co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds said: "We have always made sure we are dog friendly but this year we enhanced experience by having a dog concierge on hand to welcome pets, publishing local dog walks, working in partnership with local dog businesses to increase our number of water bowl spots and having Pooch Paws-Points dotted throughout the festival with seating for owners to take a breather."

eat:Festivals find out if they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze on Thursday, February17, and until then they are working hard on the plans for the 2022 season of events - including enhancements for everyone and their dog!

eat:Nailsea is back in the High Street and Somerset Square for 2022 on Saturdays, October 8 and December 3.

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'Best before' food on sale