A new cafe has opened at a hit riverside location after the previous owner announced the shock closure of the business in January. 

Those driving along the Yarmouth Road in Thorpe St Andrew will have noticed that the River Green Pantry has opened.

The cafe and deli has replaced the former Harleys Cafe after the owner, Sue Harley, announced her retirement and the cafe's closure after 24 years of business.

Norwich Evening News: River Green Pantry has moved into the former Harleys CafeRiver Green Pantry has moved into the former Harleys Cafe (Image: Newsquest)

Many will be familiar with the new owners, Sophia and Alan Sabol, who are also involved with St Giles Pantry, in Upper St Giles Street in the city.

The River Green Pantry sells a range of local produce in its deli and also operates as a cafe with a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, pastries and cakes on offer.

Norwich Evening News: River Green Cafe owner Alan SabolRiver Green Cafe owner Alan Sabol (Image: Brittany Woodman/ Archant)

They also serve sharing platters which showcase some of the finest local produce, including cheeses, cured meats and chutneys.

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River Green Pantry will be staying open later than its usual 5pm closing time on Friday and serving a selection of local wines, beers, artisan drinks and cocktails for the first time.

According to the cafe's website, Sophia and Alan feel passionate about supporting the community in Thorpe and championing local produce and small businesses.

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Sophia worked as a teacher before moving into the hospitality industry and Alan has more than 25 years of experience growing businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels both in the UK and US.

Former site owner Ms Harley hinted in her retirement announcement that the cafe wouldn't be closed for long.

"We won't be leaving you all with nowhere to go as there is a wonderful business coming in with amazing ideas, so stay tuned," she had said.

River Green Pantry is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.