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A re-purposed horse-box has become a weekend fixture in Steep, providing a shot of warmth in the January cold for Steep residents on Saturdays during lockdown, and a popular pit-stop for walkers.

A welcome sight, after a two-hour stomp up Stoner!

Owner and professional caterer Alma Blackwell, who grew up in Steep, explains to Kate Fairweather how the horse-box cafe started, and why she thinks it has proved so popular, attracting walkers, cyclists and residents alike in lockdown.

Yes, you can order an oatmilk chai latte if you really, really want one!

The Conservatory, aka “the horse-box cafe,” is open 10-4 o’clock on Saturdays during lockdown at Steep Village Car Park.