Former Tolman Cafe manager Adam Smith has finally found a permanent home for his animals after a series of setbacks.
Adam closed Tolman Cafe and Animal Kingdom in 2016 after the Duchy told him to remove his 40-plus animals, which include monkeys, racoons and meerkats. He had also apparently failed to seek planning permission for some aspects of the new attraction.
He and partner Gareth Davies then spent £40,000 refurbishing a pub in Pershore in Worcestershire and were temporarily housing their animals in the car park while a permanent home was found for them.
However, Adam fell foul of the district council when his request for permission to convert the car park into an animal sanctuary on a permanent basis was rejected.
He was then given just six months to rehome the animals and feared that some would have to be put down if new accommodation could not be found.
After he was forced to sell the Pershore pub, Adam approached the owners of the Farm Shop and Garden restaurant in nearby Ombersley, which already had a licence for a sanctuary after previous plans had fallen through. Both Adam and Gareth are now working in the Garden restaurant while the animals live in the sanctuary.
Owners Alan and Brett Wilkinson are quoted in the Worcester News as saying: “It was an all-round win-win situation. Adam turned up in our hour of need also - the restaurant was in need of a pick me up. It is a good match for everyone."
Ombersley Animal Sanctuary, which now consists of more than 70 animals, officially opened its doors at the Farm Shop and restaurant in Holt Fleet Road, today,
The Tolman Cafe site in Old Town re-opened earlier this year as Coastal View Kitchen.