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MOVING FORWARD: Radlett High Street businesses navigate a changing landscape

 Published on: 25th November 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watling Street shops are adapting to serve the Radlett community in what is a constantly shifting landscape.

Seashells Fish and Chips has rebranded; Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care’s charity shop is being refurbished; and The Red Lion pub is under new management.

Meanwhile, business at coffee shop Brass Monkey, bakery Gail’s and Italian restaurant Per Tutti is booming.

Beyond its rebrand, Seashell’s Fish and Chips is branching out with a radical menu shake-up. The shop, now named Parrots, will still continue to serve the seaside favourite whilst also offering a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

Spokesperson Manuel Tovar explained: “We want to keep it trendy. We’ll be offering rice bowls and salad bowls, catering to different tastes.”

Meanwhile, just down the road, The Red Lion is entering its third month under new management.

By putting on quiz nights, boardgame sessions and serving coffee and tea, new manager Paul Hogg aims to reinvent the pub as a family-friendly and food-orientated social hub.

Deputy manager Daniel Fellows explained: “We don’t want The Red Lion to be just a drinkey pub, but a place where you can walk in and grab a meal.”

The Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care charity shop is undergoing a complete refurb. Soon to be transformed into a Reloved Boutique branch run by the same charity, the shop will platform second-hand designer labels.

Deborah Gould, director of retail and trading at Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, explained: “We’re delighted to be bringing a new shopping concept to the area.

“Shoppers are increasingly choosing to buy second-hand clothing to reduce the environmental impact of their wardrobe. We believe that this shouldn’t be restricted to everyday items, and our Reloved Boutiques were established out of a passion for bringing second-hand exquisite designer pieces and occasional outfits to the High Street.”

Finally, Brass Monkey’s newly installed art gallery space is now up and running.

Owner Warren Lipman said: “Radlett deserves an independent coffee shop and art gallery. Along with a few other new additions, the High Street is reflecting the type of area that Radlett has become – with both young professionals and more established families.”

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