End of an era as long-standing owners depart

Peter and Linda Lee with Martina and Andrew Potter in Grannies.
Peter and Linda Lee with Martina and Andrew Potter in Grannies.

Change is on the menu at a renowned town-centre food spot, as the long-standing owners are stepping aside after nearly two decades at the helm.

Peter and Linda Lee have called time on their 17-year stint at Grannies, in Alnwick.

New owners Andrew and Martina Potter, from the town, will head-up the Narrowgate premises from Saturday.

It is the end of an era, but Peter and Linda believe the timing is right. Although they admit that the decision to go was made with a heavy heart.

Peter, 53, said: “You know when you need to move on and we felt now was the right time.”

Linda, 50, added: “It was a very hard decision because we love the town, enjoyed our time here and have made a lot of friends.”

When the pair first took over, the venue was a deli-come-toyshop. They decided to go down the food route, and haven’t looked back.

The shop on street level, selling a range of local produce, coupled with its downstairs cafe, which oozes character, has proved a recipe for success.

Linda said: “We want to thank our customers for their support, as well as our staff, past and present.

“Some children we served years ago now come in with their children and our first Saturday kids still keep in touch.”

So what now for the couple?

“We are going to have a long rest and then decide what we will do next,” said Peter.