New town centre deli is chosen as Ashby Civic Society's Building of the Month

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

24th Apr 2024 | Local News

Lil Bo's is this month's Ashby Civic Society Building of the Month. Photos: Ashby Nub News
Lil Bo's is this month's Ashby Civic Society Building of the Month. Photos: Ashby Nub News

Ashby Civic Society has chosen Lil Bo's Tea Room and Deli as its Building of the Month.

The society's scheme chooses an interesting shop, public building or restaurant that is worthy of interest.

Its history is highlighted along with its architectural features. 

The Society is using historical material from Ashby Museum each time and with the help of the the Museum's staff.

Lil Bo's Tea Room and Deli, located in Mill Lane Mews, is the April choice.

The Society says Mill Lane mews is interesting in itself as it was restored by the owners some 30 years ago and received a prestigious award for preserving an old shopping thoroughfare.

The Civic Society's website says the shop was a former tea room and dry cleaners, now knocked into one premises, and has been sympathetically transformed into a café, restaurant, deli kitchen, bar and gallery featuring local artists.

In the past this building has also been used for candle makers and tallow chandler's shop.

Lil and Bo's owners Steve and Deborah Evans opened the business in November last year, and named the venture after their children Lily (Lil) and Harrison (Bo).

Ken Ward, Chair of Ashby Civic Society said: "We were impressed with the attention to detail and the retention of many original features including the old candle hooks, exposed brickwork, stable door and ceiling beams.

"The buildings in Mill Lane Mews were awarded the Europa Nostra Diploma of Merit in 1979 for the skilful restoration of these 18th Century buildings in the late 70s and their adaption for use as shops.

"The sites former use was stables, workshops and housing and the restoration project was led mainly by Mr Clive Jones."


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