Hereford & Worcester

The Old Chestnut Tree Inn opens shop and post office

The Old Chestnut Inn
Image caption Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff cut the ribbon at the opening of the Lower Moor Post Office

A village shop and post office has been opened within a Worcestershire pub.

The Old Chestnut Tree Inn at Lower Moor, near Pershore, now operates a separate section of the building as a post office and convenience store.

Norman Clarke, the pub landlord, decided to set it up after the nearby post office closed last September when the owners retired.

He said: "It had a big impact on a lot of people, especially the elderly, who relied on the local shop."

Mr Clarke, who was asked by local residents to set up the shop, said it sold a range of locally-produced food items.

"I realised there was a good synergy between the products we use in the kitchen that we can sell in the shop and vice versa - it's nice to showcase them," he said.

Post Office Ltd said it was "delighted" to have appointed a new partner in Lower Moor. A spokesman said: "Our priority is to safeguard services to the local community."

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff officially opened the shop on Friday.

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