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Newark business owners breathe new life into an historic brewery




Business owners are breathing new life into an historic brewery.

Newark’s old Warwick and Richardsons Brewery now boasts a new coffee shop, and an expanding fitness business has signed-up to be its neighbour.

Lincoln-based chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co has leased Unit 1, which used to be home to a fashion retailer, to business partners and fitness specialists Graham Curson and Martin Clurow.

: Arena Health & Fitness UK’s Graham Curson, Martin Clurow, with The Coffee Chain’s waitress Alex Ashcroft, with owner Amanda Bett (18173987)
: Arena Health & Fitness UK’s Graham Curson, Martin Clurow, with The Coffee Chain’s waitress Alex Ashcroft, with owner Amanda Bett (18173987)

Meanwhile Amanda and Jody Bett have started putting their stamp on their business, The Coffee Chain.

Graham and Martin have operated Arena Health & Fitness UK on Appletongate for the past six years but, with the lease due to expire at the end of the year, had been searching for the right premises for its relocation.

“Our new unit is bigger, which means we can house more equipment and offer users more classes, as well as access to personal trainers, sports therapy and physio treatments,” Martin said.

“Users will enjoy working out in modern surroundings, within a characterful building.”

The Coffee Chain seats more than 60 people inside and out. It employs five and serves coffees, cakes and light lunches.

The couple have ploughed 30 years of hospitality experience into their venture, which also caters for vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten-free diets.

Jody coaches adults and children cycling at Lincoln’s Velo Club and is already revamping the café’s basement, which will be dedicated to the world of cycling and fitness as a sister business.

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