New manager is helping to turn Cotswold Lion Cafe into a roaring success

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Since recently being appointed new Cafe Manager at the Cotswold Lion Cafe in Northleach, Jessica Hughes is helping to shape a bright future for the cafe and turn it into a roaring success.

Jessica, originally from Bromsgrove and who has just moved to Moreton-in-Marsh, has already won herself many fans of her delicious home-baked cakes, and has even received plaudits by TV chef Jamie Oliver via Twitter.

The Old Prison-based cafe, which has recently marked its first anniversary and held its first successful Christmas craft fair, has grown steadily during its first year of trading and become increasingly popular with local residents, visitors and groups.

Now with a brand new menu, new customer loyalty scheme, improved ambience along with a continued focus on quality and local sourcing, the cafe is set to enjoy a successful 2015.

Jessica, who has a strong background in catering, said:

“I am keen to build on the success of the first year’s trading and put in place a number of new initiatives that will attract more customers through our doors – and ensure that our local residents keep coming back.

The Old Prison is a wonderful, unique setting and offers visitors so much more than just a cafe. It is the only place where you can find out the story of what makes the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty such a special place, while also learning more about this fascinating heritage building and Rural Life Collection, all set within just a short stroll from the centre of Northleach.”

The Cotswold Lion Cafe is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesdays to Sundays and daily from March to October.

The cafe provides free parking and wifi as well as easy access throughout for wheelchairs and buggies. Dogs are welcome too. The cafe is also currently looking for additional staff for immediate start. Anyone interested should contact:

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Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswold Lion Cafe is run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and derives its name from the Cotswold Lion sheep which is also used on the logos of the Board and the AONB.
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit:
  • Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens dedicate thousands of hours of practical conservation work every year across the AONB, as well as lead an annual programme of guided walks and undertake a range of promotional and educational work.