When a pub door shuts – a red one opens

Neil Cross'Bob and Lynn at The Red Door Cafe, Halton
Neil Cross'Bob and Lynn at The Red Door Cafe, Halton

A former village pub which has been transformed into a cafe and gallery opens its “red door” to customers this weekend.

Bob Bauld and Lynn Malkin bought The White Lion in Church Street Halton, last year, with big plans to convert the derelict building into a destination cafe.

After eight months of hard work, the couple are now ready to open The Red Door Cafe and Gallery, and are looking forward to customers old and new seeing what they have done with the 

Bob said: “We’re really excited, but tired!

“It’s been a lot of work because the place was in such a state, vandals and thieves did a lot of damage.

“We are both looking forward to sharing the new look with old and new customers, locals and tourists.

“There is so much more light and space to enjoy the food and the gallery and we also have a lovely sunny courtyard with the sound of the brook bubbling in the background, lots of interesting things to buy with fabulous food to enjoy.”

The Red Door opens on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 4pm, and from then on will be open Thursday to Sunday between 10am and 

Freshly baked bread, croissants and Atkinson’s coffee are just some of the items on the menu.

The opening sale exhibition will include Persian tribal rugs, pottery from Pakistan, buddha heads from the far east, work from several different artists and photographers, market art from India, wooden bowls and glass from Afghanistan and 

The couple also have plans for themed food and music nights, spoken word as well as other events.