Barnstaple’s historic Queen Anne’s Walk building has been reopened as a cafe and restaurant.

Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand.Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand.

Queen Anne’s Cafe on the Strand opened on Monday, serving a range of meals, snacks and fish specials.

Owners Paul and Sam Rhodes will be hoping to give the listed building – formerly the town’s heritage centre before its closure in 2016 – a new lease of life.

The restaurant has space for up to 100 people across two rooms indoors, and plenty of seating along the famous colonnade with views of the River Taw.

“The response and support has been great – a lot of people have come in and have been really appreciative of what we’ve done to the building.” said Paul.

Some of the cakes from Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand.Some of the cakes from Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand.

“We’re really looking forward to getting established and becoming a place to go.”

As well as a restaurant, Paul and Sam are looking to maximise the potential of the historic building, making it available for functions, parties and weddings.

They also have plans to hold regular family fun days with children’s crafts, games and entertainment. The first of which takes place on Thursday, May 31 from 11am.

Paul said: “When you’ve got a place like this you can’t pigeon–hole yourself into one area. We want to do so much more.

Paul Rhodes with staff at Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand. Picture: Matt SmartPaul Rhodes with staff at Queen Annes Cafe on the Strand. Picture: Matt Smart

“We’re here to add to the places already here in Barnstaple, not to take trade away. We hope people will want to come from all around the region. The Strand is such a nice spot to be, if we can all work together we can become a go-to place for foodies.”