Woods Tea Rooms: 'Bettys of Doncaster' closes after 30 years as owners blame energy price rises

A traditional tearoom in Doncaster which has been trading since the early 1990s has closed its doors due to rising energy prices.

Woods Tea Rooms on Wood Street in the town centre first closed in 2020, but re-opened later that year under new family management.

Yet it has now shut its doors for good due to difficult trading conditions.

A post on the business's Facebook page read: “It's been a pleasure to be part of one of the original standing tearooms in Doncaster. Management and staff are incredibly sad this is now what the business has become. Unfortunately we just couldn't continue. Thank you for your continued support and custom over the years.”

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Described as a 'Doncaster institution', the genteel restaurant was likened to famous Yorkshire chain Bettys - with some customers even claiming it was better.

Tracy Woods ran the business for 28 years until the first closure in 2020.

The management also blamed rising energy costs for their decision and explained their reasoning in a sign pinned to the window: "Due to the lasting impact of the coronavirus and the now rapid increase in energy prices and increase in costs from our suppliers it is no longer viable for us to keep trading. We are a family-run business so this has impacted us greatly. Mark, Joanne and the Woods."