Gloucestershire

Cafe used by Beatles and Rolling Stones sold at auction

Silver Fox cafe on A48
Image caption The Silver Fox first opened as a cafe in 1947

A roadside 'greasy spoon' cafe which was a favourite stop-off in the 1960s for stars such as The Beatles has sold at auction for £280,000.

The Silver Fox, in Gloucestershire, was a favourite break for acts touring between London and Wales in the days before the Severn Bridge was built.

David Cooksley bought the Broadoak cafe in 2004 and said he was selling it so he could retire.

He said the price had exceeded his hopes by about £30,000.

Mr Cooksley said two people from the local area had bought the cafe.

"There was some very spirited bidding and I'm pleased it went to the people it went to," he said.

Image caption Stars such as Shirley Bassey are said to have stopped off at the cafe

"They are keen to retain the cafe as it exists and enhance it sympathetically in due course."

The Silver Fox opened as a cafe for the first time in 1947 - before that it was a farm which bred silver foxes.

Before the auction, Mr Cooksley said: "It's the last remaining traditional roadside cafe along the A48 between Gloucester and Chepstow.

"The Beatles stopped in 1963 on their way to Lydney Town Hall, with the Rolling Stones not far behind.

"Richard Burton was a regular in his white Rolls Royce - before the M4 and M5 of course.

"Matt Monro and Shirley Bassey enjoyed a meal. Status Quo were visitors as well."

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