Finally! Fay’s Tea Garden allowed to remain
FAY Aldridge, owner of the café concession in St Andrews Park, is celebrating after she was awarded a three-year tender for the site.
The future of Fay's Tea Garden has been in the balance for more than a year after Bristol City Council upheld a decision to retender, despite facing strong opposition from more than 5,000 petitioners.
Fay has run the café since 2006, and she found out at the end of March that she had been successful in tendering to run the provision for another three years.
Speaking of the outcome and the support she’s received from the local community, Fay said: “It’s brilliant news, as I really wasn’t sure which way it was going to go. I was very relieved for both my staff and myself. If I hadn’t had the huge support of the local community I would have fallen by the wayside with the tender process. I wouldn’t have put in an application if I didn’t have the support of knowing that people wanted me here.
“I’ve had a huge amount of enquiries daily about what’s happening throughout the last 15 months. It’s been really nice telling my customers, as everyone has been so pleased and I’ve had lots of great feedback.
“For me it’s now back to business as usual, and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”
Following the news of the successful tender, customers congratulated Fay on the St Andrews Park Cafe Facebook page, with comments including: “Awesome news Fay! I shed a little tear of happiness when I heard!” and “So pleased for you. Such a shame they felt the need to put you through so much over the last months. Onwards and upwards.”
Local resident Simon Davis has supported Fay from the outset and started the petition that received more than 5,000 signatures. He added: “I started a petition to let the council know that there was a great amount of community support for Fay’s Tea Garden here.
“It isn’t just about tea, coffee, cake and fruit but about the community spirit. Anyone can come to the park, have refreshments or just stop by to have a chat and say ‘hi’. Fay and her team always ask how everybody how is and that’s nice to have and prevents people feeling isolated.”
Now that she has been awarded the tender, Fay has revealed that she plans to re-do her trailer and will also look to add some new options to her menu, including some healthier options.
To find out more about Fay’s Tea Garden, visit her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheTeaGardenBristol/