An experienced café owner is set to breathe new life into a disused tea room at a Staffordshire Moorlands beauty spot.

Mounsey Chartered Surveyors has successfully completed negotiations to let the picturesque Froghall Wharf tea rooms on behalf of the Canal and River Trust.

It has been taken on by Emma Atkinson, of nearby Moneystone, who already operates tea rooms in two Derbyshire beauty spots.

The new Froghall Wharf tea rooms, to be named Hetty’s after Emma’s 90-year-old Grandma, is close to Emma’s heart.

“When the tea rooms were open previously, I called in regularly with my family for an ice cream,” said Emma. “Once I knew it was available, I jumped at the chance of taking it on. I’m now planning to let one of my businesses go so that I can concentrate more effort on Froghall Wharf.”

Extensive changes are planned involving a complete modernisation of the tea rooms and the creation of a holiday let on the upper floor.

Tom Johnson of Festival Park based Mounsey Chartered Surveyors, commented: “We are pleased to have successfully let this unique asset on behalf of the Canal and River Trust.

“It is an attractive building which has attracted strong enquiry levels throughout the marketing period and this was reflected in the proposals that we received. It was equally important, however, to identify an experienced operator with a proven background in the food and drink sector who would re-establish the venue as a place to visit whilst complementing its waterside setting. Emma stood out as the outstanding person to meet this criteria.”