The Pannier Pantry at The Custom House in Bideford has opened revealing a brand new café, as well as a cinema room upstairs.

The Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, where it hopes to house Bideford Cinema. Picture: Sarah HowellsThe Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, where it hopes to house Bideford Cinema. Picture: Sarah Howells

A vacant pub in Bideford has been transformed into a new café and cinema for the town.

The Pannier Pantry has opened in The Custom House on the corner of Bridgeland Street, after giving the Grade II listed building a makeover.

It is now a café, with extra seating upstairs, and has a cinema room which is being used by the Bideford Cinema.

The Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah HowellsThe Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah Howells

Owner Carol Wawrychuk said: “I started The Pannier Pantry about 10 years ago in Bideford Pannier Market.

“But we just outgrew it really, and then this place came up and it was a perfect opportunity.”

The café has been open for four weeks, though Carol said she hopes for an official launch once they have settled in.

The Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah HowellsThe Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah Howells

She added: “Our customers have been very supportive; we didn’t realise how busy it was at this end of town.”

As well as the café and delicatessen, The Pannier Pantry at The Custom House provides catering.

The Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah HowellsThe Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah Howells

The Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah HowellsThe Pannier Pantry has moved in the Old Customs House in Bideford, Picture: Sarah Howells