'Awesome' café bar shuts as owner gives out high street warning

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Feb 2019

Beverley’s aviation-themed café bar The Cockpit has shut, with the entrepreneur who ran it saying it’s tough on the high street.

Ex-air hostess Lucie Mountain, who opened the quirky 1950s style café bar in Beverley's Wednesday Market a year ago, has been “truly humbled” by the kind words of customers following the closure.

People are taking to Facebook to comment, with one customer posting: “Tragic news, awesome place with wonderful staff and fantastic food, so sorry” and another saying: “It was a great place, shame it’s gone.”

Drinks were served from authentic aircraft trolleys by staff in air hostess-style uniforms and vintage suitcases were used as tables at the venue, which had with a propeller-style clock over the bar.

Lucie says: “I have been truly humbled by the kind words and support from customers and suppliers since hearing the news we have closed.

The Cockpit café bar in Beverley has closed (Image: Trudi Davidson)

“They have even taken the time to contact me and the team directly with their supportive words.

“People love the concept and we have built a strong and unique brand.

“Location, location, location is key to success and sadly we were in the wrong part of town.

A notice in the window of The Cockpit thanking customers

“This isn’t the end for The Cockpit Café, we just need to rest our wings for a while before embarking on a new journey wherever and whatever that may be.

“It’s really tough out there on the high street at the moment and with so many of the huge companies cutting back it’s a scaring prospect for small independents.”

Lucie says The Cockpit had a loyal following at the venue.

She says: “Some of them were part of the furniture and part of The Cockpit family and will be missed.

“I am proud of what my team and I have achieved, with unique offerings, fantastic live music and great quality food and drink.

“Up until the day we closed we were receiving 4* and 5* reviews and fantastic comments about the concept and the quality of service.

"We even made the finalist list at this year's REYTA awards for best newcomer and best cuppa.”

The aviation-themed bar at The Cockpit (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Lucie opened the venue with her mum Jayne, who had left her job as cabin services supervisor for Eastern Airways to get on board with the venture.

She says they put their heart and soul into getting it off the ground. Nearby traders are sorry to see the café bar close.

Butcher Jim Harrington, at Ye Olde Pork Shoppe, says: “She tried bless her, it’s sad.

“You don’t like to see people closing down. She came full of ideas and unfortunately it has not worked.

“I know The Cockpit has been very quiet. It really is a shame.”

The closure of The Cockpit comes after December's closure of another independent in Wednesday Market, traditional sweet shop Sweetlands of Beverley.

The former Sweetlands of Beverley shop in Wednesday Market is set to become a barber's, named Fraternity

The former Sweetlands shop is set to become a barber's shop, called Fraternity, in February.

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