Top Shropshire restaurant business goes on the market

One of the most popular restaurants in the centre of Shrewsbury has been put up for sale.

The Pantry Kitchen, on the end of Golden Cross Passage, is a favourite among local people. It has a breakfast bar, from which diners can watch chefs at work while waiting for their lunch, and on four evenings of the week it also runs the Cantina Cafe Mexican restaurant.

The business, which is based opposite the Golden Cross pub and restaurant in the narrow town centre, is on the market for £70,000. The eatery is also among the highest rated on TripAdvisor, the Shropshire Star reported.

The Pantry has been running for more than four decades but its current owners – business partners Harry Jacobs and Dan Forber, who bought it two-and-a-half years ago – are looking to sell up. After 18 years of working in hospitality, including eight different London restaurants, Mr Jacobs said he wanted a change of industry.

He said: "The business is doing very well because it has an excellent reputation in the town.

"Most people know about The Pantry Kitchen because it’s been running for over 40 years and, together with the Mexican restaurant, we’re busy seven days a week."

The restaurant seats 40 people and includes three self-contained flats on the upper floors.