Soggy Sidmouth September doesn’t hamper traders

A SOGGY September hasn’t hampered Sidmouth restaurant and cafe owners, who say it’s been ‘business as usual’.

But proprietors are looking forward to a busy weekend with temperatures set to soar, writes Charlie Lister.

Shelley Maynard, at the Marlborough ice-cream kiosk on the Esplnande said September had been steady, following the always-busy summer season. She is looking forward to a good weekend with the expected heat-wave.

Katrina Lort, owner of Selley’s in Libra Court, is prepared for any weather – and has even invested in blankets for customers who use their courtyard.

The business also been Kennel Club recognised as a dog-friendly establishment.

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It is Kristina Narmontaite’s first year at Baraza. She said September was still consistent after a busy summer, and was looking forward to using the courtyard as the weather improves this weekend.

The Chattery has been busy as usual. Owner Gary Penhaligon said: “Even when it’s hot and sunny and most people are down on the seafront, we have a really great group of regulars to keep us going.” He added: “We’ve already started filling up for Christmas.”

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