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Returning expats take over York cafe

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A café that offers spectacular views of York’s famous Clifford’s Tower is thriving after it was taken over by a returning expat couple.

Terence and Rebecca Wensley took a lease on the former Dickinson’s Café, on Tower Street, with help from Langleys Solicitors.

The couple, originally from Skipton-on-Swale, near Thirsk, lived in France for 18 years, operating a bed and breakfast and building renovation business.

After scouring England for the perfect catering premises, they took over the 25-seater café and renamed it Tower Vue Café, to reflect their French influence.

The café is popular with tourists, as well as people using the nearby courts. It offers hot drinks, sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes but the Wensleys have also introduced homemade soup and salads as well as a special blend from York Coffee Emporium.

They plan to expand the business by offering sandwiches-to-order and buffets for corporate customers.

Rebecca said: “We had not been to York for a long time and we were surprised at how pleasant and busy it was. The café’s location is second to none. We love the view.

“Our aim is to provide friendly service and somewhere that people can sit quietly and comfortably.”

James Bradley, a solicitor in the commercial property team at Langleys, said: “We were pleased to help Terence and Rebecca secure this fantastic location in the heart of York and wish them every success as they develop the café further.”

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Tower Vue Café

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