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El Ciervo Tex-Mex at Wonder Coffee in Ashford permanently closes

Bosses behind a Mexican takeaway have announced they are taking a ‘permanent siesta’ and closing the business after nearly three years.

El Ciervo Tex-Mex which delivered food in the evenings from Wonder Coffee in Ashford town centre has closed with immediate effect, while the coffee shop remains open as usual.

Nong and Darren Sterling-Weller took over Wonder Coffee last year
Nong and Darren Sterling-Weller took over Wonder Coffee last year

Speaking on Facebook, those behind the business which serves American and Mexican food said: “We are unfortunately having to share some bad news with you all today, we have sadly had to close Tex-Mex.

“We thank everyone who placed orders with us over the years, and we are sad to see you go.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and it has been a pleasure cooking for you.

“Now we have to take a permanent siesta, but fear not to all you chilli and mac cheese lovers, we are still open in the High Street as Wonder Coffee, where we serve the same recipe along with some other Tex-Mex favourites.

“We hope to see you soon! Thank you all once again.”

Wonder Coffee will remain open as usual
Wonder Coffee will remain open as usual

The business first launched in January 2021 when the coffee shop was formerly known as The Stag.

Named El Ciervo, or The Stag in Spanish, the evening food business continued when husband and wife duo Darren and Nong Sterling-Weller rebranded the business as Wonder Coffee last year.

They also own Ton Pho, formerly known as The Paper Duck, in North Street.

Speaking at the time of El Ciervo’s launch, founder Freddie Hewett voiced hopes to expand the business into Canterbury having been inspired during a trip to Mexico.

Wonder Coffee in Ashford High Street
Wonder Coffee in Ashford High Street

It amassed a 4.6 rating on Facebook, with customer Claire Lynn writing: “We ordered last night. The food was amazing and enough for today too – we ordered slow-cooked barbecueribs.

Oh my god, the meat fell off the bone, chicken fajita’, veggies and chicken was delicious.

“Sides Mexican rice and macaroni cheese.

“The Mac and cheese was amazing and the rice delicious. “Highly recommend.”

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