A cafe has announced its closure after escalating costs of running the business.

Nanny Littons Coffee Pot at 340 Berkhampstead Road in Chesham was awarded a new four-out-five food hygiene rating during a re-inspection on September 11. 

Hygiene standards were rated as 'good' during the latest inspection after a previous one-star score given by the Food Standards Agency in July. 

However, the cafe closed on Friday, September 22.

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A sign on the door told the customers that “it is with deep regret that we have had to close this coffee shop.”

The owner of Nanny Littons Coffee Pot Robert Gaskell said the cafe had to close “due to lack of customers, staff wages and the price of electricity.”

“But the main reason is where it’s situated," he said. 

Despite the sad news, Robert was planning to reopen “somewhere else” in the future and they had hired a health and safety company to “oversee our operations from now on,” he said.

One member of staff at the coffee shop was moved elsewhere, Robert added.