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Dame Kelly Holmes announces Café 1809 will close

A café owned by double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is set to shut as she looks ahead to a fresh start.

Dame Kelly announced this morning that Café 1809 in Hildenborough, near Tonbridge, will serve its final cup of coffee on November 25.

The retired middle distance runner won two gold medals in Athens in 2004 and opened the café in 2014.

Dame Kelly Holmes opened her café four years ago
Dame Kelly Holmes opened her café four years ago

This morning she took to Twitter to make the announcement.

She said: “I would like to thank all our customers, suppliers and friends for their support over the past four years.

“My vision of 15 years was achieved by providing a space for people to 'eat, drink, relax and smile'.

“However, I now have other ambitions and want to bring a new energy into my life and the village.

“We will be opening again but as a different venture, providing space and a place for events, pop ups, community gatherings and more.

“Watch this space for new developments.”

A sister branch of the café in Gravesend was opened in June 2017 but was shut just three months later.

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