Coffee and cake with Linda Morris: manna House creative, Newent

Manna House sits on the corner of Broad Street and Culver Street in the centre of Newent where Barclays Bank used to be. Some people bemoan the closing of bank branches. Me, I’d much rather have coffee, cake, comfy sofas and crafty gifts and workshops. 

And Linda Morris, owner of Manna House, seems to feel the same. She’s created a cosy and welcoming haven in the middle of Newent. The cafe is stuffed with interesting things to look at and it’s the sort of place where you bump into old friends, and end up chatting to total strangers and making new ones!

Linda moved to these premises last year, from a smaller shop down the road. She wanted more space to accommodate gifts, workshops and a cafe. The building offers plenty of space and Linda is just getting started making the most of it. There is a courtyard at the back which Linda hopes to open up next year. And upstairs there are large rooms ideal for workshops – or even cinema or live performances (some of you will remember disco’s up there in the ‘70s) – watch this space!

Linda’s next move will be opening on Sundays  – sure to be welcome in Newent for a coffee stop after a Sunday morning stroll round the lake. She’ll be starting Sunday opening from late September – with some live music to kick off the first day. 

There is also a packed programme of workshops lined up for the run-up to Christmas – check out our events page for more information: 

Manna House is dog-friendly and open Monday to Saturday 10 – 4. 


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