A family-run cafe in Watford has hailed its customers and staff after it revealed business is even better than before the pandemic.

Great coffee, friendly customer service and playing an important role in the community is proving to be a winning blend for Ocean Bells, according to its owner.

The cafe located at 133, High Street, has managed to stay afloat during the pandemic and now finds itself in a good position ahead of the winter months.

Watford Observer: Outside view of Ocean BellsOutside view of Ocean Bells

Jon Cao, 51, who took over the business from the previous owner in June 2018, said: “We are in a good place, even better than before both lockdowns.

“We found the restrictions tough like every other small business but we managed to adapt by offering takeaway options.

“I would like to thank my staff and customers for making this possible.”

The coffee shop serves speciality coffee, loose leaf tea, home-made cakes and sandwiches, and has now launched a new brunch menu.

Watford Observer: Jon Cao prides himself on great customer service.Jon Cao prides himself on great customer service.

The 51-year-old added: “I have trained each member of staff to learn how to cook the bunch menu.

“This makes it easy for us to cover for staff if someone needs to isolate. We now find ourselves in a comfortable position to take on any future lockdowns.”

The offering is already proving popular with locals and boosting business, he added.

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