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AN iconic Lymington tearooms has reopened as a deli and takeaway with a new name celebrating its fusion of traditional and modern.

The Black Butter Eatery on Lymington High Street opened its doors last Monday as the third national lockdown eased, in a joint venture between former Greedo head chef and well known artist David Spender, and business partner Michaela Morris.

As previously reported, Michaela and her husband Shaun had planned to reopen The Buttery as a tearoom last year, but following an enforced closure she decided to join forces with David for the new project.

Aiming for a neo-gothic style vibe, the building will be transformed in time for it to reopen as a full service restaurant and café in May, but will operate as a deli and takeaway in the meantime.

David Spender and Michaela Morris have re-opened Lymington's iconic tearooms
David Spender and Michaela Morris have re-opened Lymington's iconic tearooms

David, who also runs 8igthy 6ix Art, became known during the first lockdown for his Banksy-style installations which popped up around the town to celebrate the NHS. His artistic style has influenced the new look, and there are plans to exhibit work from local artists across both floors of the eatery.

David, who has known Michaela since he was a child, said: “I left Greedo when it closed permanently last July, and spent some time focussing on my art and doing commissions.

“Then I was chatting to Michaela a few months ago and we both felt there was a real opportunity to do something a little but different to cater for the breakfast and brunch market.

“There are lots of tearooms in Lymington but we wanted something that would also appeal to teenagers and a younger crowd.”

Once fully established The Black Butter Eatery will open as a laid back day time eatery and an evening restaurant with special pop-up events and private functions planned.

From this weekend The Black Butter will also open for takeaway on Friday and Saturday nights, with an American-style menu featuring signature burgers served with breaded black pudding, Katsu chicken burgers and vegan hot dogs. Sides include mac n' cheese, loaded fries and cauliflower wings and dips.

The deli features an ever-changing range of specials, such as beetroot hummus, pumpkin seed and avocado bagels, fresh salads, granola bowls and indulgent breakfast waffles.

David continued: “Our coffee comes from Coffee Mongers in Lymington and our eggs are from Flambards – as much as possible we will be sourcing our ingredients to support local suppliers and producers.

“Opening the deli has given us a great opportunity to get feedback and find out what people really love – so far everyone’s reaction has been amazing and the feedback has been very positive.”

To find out more visit The Black Butter website at www.theblackbuttereatery.co.uk

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