Clevedon Pier is delighted to announce that the Pier Kiosk in Copse Gardens, opposite the Pier entrance, has been let this year to a local couple who will be opening it six days a week as a take-away outlet. Mark and Dottie run the Paperback Cafe in Clevedon and the cafe at Brackenwood Garden Centre in Abbots Leigh.

Mark Ingram said: “Dottie and I are delighted to be working alongside the Pier team this season at the Pier Kiosk. Our aim is to give value for money to the local community and tourists alike. We will be serving delicious homemade cakes, our very own homemade quiche and scotch eggs, local pies, pasties and sausage rolls together with teas from Miles of Porlock, Bristol based Twenty-Twenty coffee and Marshfield ice creams produced near Bath”.

“We hope to have a long lasting relationship with the Pier and all the people involved with the Pier Trust for many years to come.  Dottie and I would like to personally thank the Pier Trustees for giving us this fantastic opportunity to serve the town of Clevedon and especially working with the Pier to make this a success.”

Phil Curme, Chair of the Clevedon Pier Trust, said: “a couple of years ago the Trust took over responsibility for the Pier Copse toilets when there was a threat of closure. With the support of North Somerset Council, Clevedon Town Council and other stakeholders we have been able to keep these facilities open and, in addition, improve the access to the Sunset Terrace which offers some of the best views in Clevedon – including our spectacular Grade 1 listed Pier”.

Phil added “Letting out the kiosk to Mark and Dottie is a win-win. Lovely drinks and snacks for visitors to the park and continued availability of the public loos. Mark and Dottie are the perfect partners and their new enterprise will be a real asset for the town, and for the Trust”.

Mark and Dottie have now opened the Kiosk and it (plus the public loos) will be open for take-away drinks and snacks between 10:00 and 16:00 daily (closed on Mondays), with longer hours in the summer.