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Mid Yell's Hilltop bar could become a shop only.
An archive image of the Hilltop Bar in Yell.

A CAFE focusing on coffee could open in the Hilltop in Yell.

Plans have been submitted to change to the use of the building to allow a small coffee shop to open in the current shop space.

A grocery store, called the Hillshop, was opened in the building shortly before the Hilltop bar closed in 2017.

If the plans came to fruition then the shop would be moved into a larger space in the building.

Owner Steven Swan said moving the shop would “enable us to stock a better selection of products and add in seasonal lines”.

“The cafe will only be half the size of the previous restaurant and will very much be based towards a dedicated coffee shop where people can enjoy a wide range of different coffees that are actually roasted and ground on the premises, with ground coffee or beans also being available to purchase and enjoy at home,” he said.

“It will serve home bakes but we do not envisage doing any cooked food.”

The Hillshop is due to reopen following the festive break on 14 January under new management.

Sit-in offerings in Yell are limited at the moment, with LJ’s Diner remaining shut through the coronavirus pandemic.

Geoffrey’s, which was located in Gutcher, announced in September that it would not be reopening after the pandemic.