Published: 08:55, 18 March 2020
| Updated: 19:15, 18 March 2020
A village restaurant is to get a new lease of life.
Herbert's Restaurant near Bromley will be converted into a Daisy Grey coffee shop by its new owners.
The sale was announced by estate agents Christie and Co yesterday (Tuesday).
The Michelin-listed two-storey building in the village of Keston had been on the market for £850,000 since it was closed in January 2019. Its owner Angela Bell said she wanted to concentrate on her other business in Portugal.
It has been bought by Matt and Josie Dickens of the Third Wave Coffee Group who run the nearby Daisy Grey coffee shop in Wickham Road, Beckenham.
They plan to open a second Daisy Grey offering breakfast, brunch and lunch and hope to introduce a dinner menu later.
The detached property was originally run as a high-class restaurant called Lujon from 2010 but was renamed Herbert's in 2017 to provide an all-day bistro serving coffee, cakes, brunch, lunch and dinner.
It had a Michelin listing and two AA Rosettes and can seat 35 downstairs and 35 upstairs.
Stewart Harkness, the director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, said: "We are very happy to see that this popular restaurant site will have a new lease of life and are sure locals will be glad to have a great place to meet again.”
Brian Love, finance consultant of Christie Finance, added: "It was a pleasure to work with Third Wave Coffee Groupin securing the funding required to purchase the freehold of Herbert’s.
"Matt and Josie have the expertise and experience to help the business thrive. I wish them the best of luck with their new venture and I look forward to continuing to support them.”
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