New shop at Norton Bridge

Encouraging signs: The Railway pub and village store at Norton Bridge
Encouraging signs: The Railway pub and village store at Norton Bridge

Norton Bridge now has a village store. At the end of May, The Inn Shop opened in the front room of the Railway pub selling groceries, local produce, pies, sandwiches and hot drinks.

One month down the line, proprietor Debs Wilson is beaming.

“Trade has been brisk and our locally produced fruit and veg, eggs, bakes and jam have been flying off the shelves,” she told the Gazette. “It’s lovely to see neighbours meeting each other when they pop in for a few things and a cuppa. Norton Bridge had lost all its amenities but now the shop is bringing the village back together again.”

se your loaf: Debs Wilson with customer Steven Hassall from Yarnfield
Use your loaf: Debs Wilson with customer Steven Hassall from Yarnfield

 

 

 

 
The store was the brainchild of the Railway’s new landlady Nadine Webb, who was looking to reuse the pub’s empty pool-room. She persuaded Debs, who was working at an Eccleshall deli, to quit her job and give the new venture a go.

Deb’s first challenge was to give the dark and dingy pool room a facelift. Now a new floor and cheerful colours on the walls have given the place a fresh yet homely feel. Beside the counter, customers can relax with a drink on the cosily-cushioned window-seat.

Stress-free shopping: Debs demonstrates the shop’s window-seat
Stress-free shopping: Debs demonstrates the shop’s window-seat

“We have a chill cabinet for bacon, cheese etc, a freezer for ice creams and pizzas and a small stock of wine,” says Debs, a mother of two who lives practically next door. “The workers on the rail junction rebuilding project have begun to discover us, as well!”

The Inn Shop’s opening hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am – 5pm, Wednesdays 8am – 1 pm, Fridays 8am – 6 pm and Saturdays 8.30 am – 12.30pm. The phone number is 07869 145309
Deb’s first challenge was to give the dark and dingy pool room a facelift. Now a new floor and cheerful colours on the walls have given the place a fresh yet homely feel. Beside the counter, customers can relax with a drink on the cosily-cushioned window-seat.

“We have a chill cabinet for bacon, cheese etc, a freezer for ice creams and pizzas and a small stock of wine,” says Debs, a mother of two who lives practically next door. “The workers on the rail junction rebuilding project have begun to discover us, as well!”

The Inn Shop’s opening hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am – 5pm, Wednesdays 8am – 1 pm, Fridays 8am – 6 pm and Saturdays 8.30 am – 12.30pm. The phone number is 07869 145309