Secret garden for Chesters

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Abergavenny indie Chesters has moved from its premises in Lewis Lane to a new location a mile away in Cross Street.

The premises, which dates back to the 17th century, has previously been home to both Peter Dominic and Fosters Wine Merchants. Its most recent occupier was a vaping retailer.

The new site features a “secret garden” area allowing customers to enjoy their purchases on the premises.

Chesters was established in 2017 by Lloyd Beedell and Ben Southon.

Beedell says the move will enable the company not just to increase its drinking-in trade, but also focus more on its wholesale and online business.

“It’s a much bigger space for us, probably treble the retail space, and the courtyard means we can accommodate about 50 people compared to 12 before,” he adds.

“We’ve poured eight tonnes of concrete to create the patio. There’s a high wall that was part of St Mary’s priory and there are some lovely birch trees – it just feels like you could be in the middle of Rome.”

The famous mural of Chester the dog which adorned the frontage of the Lewis Lane site will eventually be recreated on the front of the new building.

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