New cafe in Udny Green expected to be open by July

Ali and her husband Jonny Aspden
Ali and her husband Jonny Aspden

Work on a new cafe in Udny Green is expected to start shortly.

Jonny and Ali Aspden had planned to emigrate to Canada but changed their minds to take over Udny Post Office and shop.

The couple bought the premises only last week and plan to change the former Mosshead General Store into a cafe which will accommodate around 40 people at a time.

The post office is still open but the pair felt that there were no cafes in the surrounding area.

Ali, 31, told the Times she is very excited about their new venture.

She said: “We just bought the post office last week and it’s up and running, but we felt there was nothing in the area cafe-wise.

“We haven’t done anything like this before but we have received lots of support from the community already.”

Work to convert the former shop into The Coffee Apothecary is expected to start by the end of May or early June and the couple hope it will be ready by the end of July.

Installing a new kitchen is among the planned work as well as creating an outdoor space for people to sit.

Ali added: “Me and Jonny had been travelling and always spoke about opening a cafe and it was Jonny’s sister who suggested that we look at the premises in Udny Green.

“Jonny is originally from Pitmedden anyway so we decided to go for it.

“We want to remind people that they can still get their papers from us in the post office.”