Much-loved York café wound up after 27 years

A neighbour of York Minster – Café Concerto. Photographs: YorkMix
5 Nov 2020 @ 6.21 pm
| Business

A café that was the haunt of residents, tourists and celebrities for more than a quarter of a century has closed for good.

Café Concerto on High Petergate will not reopen. Parent company Music House 21 Ltd has been wound up voluntarily, and joint liquidators appointed.

The café was well known for its musical theme – complete with instruments and sheet music on the walls.

It was opened by Ian and Rozz Hancox in 1993 and soon became a favourite of locals and visitors.

The coffee house and kitchen served brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and bistro-style candlelit suppers.

The exterior of Café Concerto
Inside the café

It earned rave reviews, with a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.

Café Concerto closed at the start of the first lockdown but never reopened. At the time, Rozz posted on Facebook: “Our first concern is protecting our team and customers and we hope to be open again soon.”

The hospitality sector has been hit harder than most by the pandemic. A survey by the ONS found that 32% of businesses in the sector weren’t confident of making it through the next three months.