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Linden House to reopen in October under new management




The landlord of Stansted’s Linden House says it is closed for refurbishment and is expected to reopen in early October with new tenants in place.

But the news has come too late for wedding couple Lucy Oliver and Seth Coombs, who had booked the restaurant with rooms for their reception in April next year but were forced to find an alternative following uncertainty over its future.

They had been left in the dark since May, unable to contact anyone to find out what was happening.

Seth Coombs and Lucy Oliver are struggling to find another wedding reception venue after Linden House closed without notice (50297273)
Seth Coombs and Lucy Oliver are struggling to find another wedding reception venue after Linden House closed without notice (50297273)

Lucy, 35, from Kent, said: “To be honest, after how we’ve been treated by them I probably won’t be using them again. You can’t treat people like that.

“If I hadn’t been told by my guests that they couldn’t get in touch with anyone at Linden House I wouldn’t have known it was shut. It could change hands or close again.”

The building is owned by Sarah and Karl Foster. They originally redeveloped the site on the corner of Chapel Hill and Silver Street from an antiques shop into the restaurant with rooms 10 years ago. They ceased running the business after five years and have leased it out since.

Sarah and Karl Foster redeveloped the site from an antiques shop into a restaurant with rooms 10 years ago but ceased running the business after five years. Picture: Vikki Lince (50308271)
Sarah and Karl Foster redeveloped the site from an antiques shop into a restaurant with rooms 10 years ago but ceased running the business after five years. Picture: Vikki Lince (50308271)

“We own the building but are not involved with running the business,” said Sarah. “We’re between tenants so it’s not closed but shut for refurbishment and the new tenants will be opening early October.”

She said that the previous tenants had left on Friday August 6. According to Companies House, the business was voluntarily wound up in May.

Sarah said that as landlords they were not responsible for customers’ bookings but were forwarding messages to the new tenants for them to handle and would continue to do so.

“The tenant is aware and we’ve forwarded details on to him. We have in the meantime put a notice up on the door advising of the temporary closure.”

The previous tenants of Linden House left on August 6. Picture: Vikki Lince (50297270)
The previous tenants of Linden House left on August 6. Picture: Vikki Lince (50297270)

Anyone wishing to follow up bookings can email Karl, at karlfoster2595@gmail.com, who will forward messages to the new tenants, who have not yet been named.

Lucy is due to marry partner Seth, 40, on April 16 at Stansted’s Arthur Findlay College – the world-renowned college for spiritualism and psychic sciences – as the couple are both mediums.

She said that she was still hoping to hold their reception for their 23 guests in or near the village.



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