A new coffee shop has opened its doors for business as part of a restoration of one of Newmarket’s most historic sites.
Kings Coffee House, in Kingston Passage, is an orangery-style cafe, complete with a children’s soft play area and garden, located in the former Marlborough Club building on the site of the first Jacobean palace built in Newmarket.
Business partners Paul Brodel and Luke McCarthy were on the lookout for a new office when they stumbled across the property, which had been empty for about four years.
The pair have spent £250,000 restoring it to its former glory. When finished it will include conference rooms, yoga and ballet studios and be available as a wedding venue.
There will also be a studio for equestrian artist Jacquie Jones, who plans to host a UV exhibition there in October.
“We were looking for office space and saw this amazing business opportunity,” said Mr Brodel. “People can come and have a coffee and relax while their kids have a play.”
Half of Charles I’s royal garden still survives and now provides an outdoor seating area for Kings Coffee House customers.
Visit www.kingsnewmarket.co.uk to view opening times and the cafe’s menu.