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Pop In cafe in Gloucester becomes Oasis Cafe with new owner

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

Ian Spencer

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IAN Spencer has taken the reins at an historic Gloucester cafe as he looks to capitalise on the success of the linkages scheme.

The former Pop In cafe, in Southgate Street, now known as the Oasis Cafe, was taken over by Mr Spencer earlier this month.

Despite having no previous experience in the catering industry, he is confident of success. He said: "This is completely new to me, but I'm really excited about it.

"We are in a great location and we are here to serve up a good old breakfast to people.

"The cafe itself has been in the city for 45 years, which is pretty impressive."

Before following his heart into this new venture, Mr Spencer cooked in a care home, and before that he did a number of different jobs. He has lived in the city for 25 years but is originally from Sussex.

The cafe is open from Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5pm.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  November 15 2012, 3:30PM

    I wish Ian Spencer good luck. However, isn't 8.30am a bit late to open if you're looking to cash in on the breakfast trade? I'm not an early riser myself, but if people start work at 8.30 or 9.00am, they'd be looking to have breakfast much earlier than that. 8.30am will suit shoppers, but there are numerous other similar cafes open at that time. I hope that there is enough passing trade for everyone.

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  • NibNobs  |  November 15 2012, 12:40PM

    Good to see an honest independent coffee shop rather than the chain coffee shops selling frothy milk at £2.50+ a cup that have moved in to the city centre, one of which we NOW know doesn't pay corporation tax in the UK by buying it's coffee beans in Switzerland, paying royalties to use it's own logo to another part of it's business outside the UK.... not going in THAT one anymore. Best of luck to Ian Spencer.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 15 2012, 12:33PM

    It's been Oasis for years and years and years.......

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  • honslknjklyt  |  November 15 2012, 11:19AM

    Good Luck Ian! !

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  • Hustler2011  |  November 15 2012, 9:36AM

    Happy memories. The pop-in was a haunt of mine in the 1970's. Regards to Charlie Knight if he is reading this! Good luck Mr Spencer

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  • DAMO1089  |  November 15 2012, 7:12AM

    The linkages scheme is a new pavement. What success has it brought?

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