Plans to re-open a park's cafe following an extensive refurbishment have been pushed back.

The Old Stables Cafe in Burnley's Towneley Park was due to re-open in May but this has now been delayed after it was discovered the building needed to be completely re-roofed. 

Burnley Council, alongside Deep Beat Entertainment (operating as Life Cafés and Resorts) began work to refurbish the cafe, which is a listed building, in Autumn 2021.

But the winter storms caused further damage to the old roof tiles, causing water to leak into the building.

Complete re-roofing will be a cheaper option in the long term than frequent repairs and the risk of further water ingress.

It is expected that the re-roofing will be completed by the end of July and the café operator will complete the refurbishment and fit-out of the interior of the café by mid-September.

Founder and managing director of Life Cafés and Resorts, Louis Dixon, said: "Since we began operating at Towneley Park in a temporary capacity last year, our dedicated teams on-site and behind the scenes have been working hard to provide an exceptional food and drink offering for the wonderful people of Burnley.

"Whilst we have been serving barista crafted coffee and wood-fired pizza from our vintage converted horse boxes, our team and that of Burnley Council, have been making the necessary assessments and undertaking preliminary works on The Old Stables Café building.

"We are delighted to be partnering with the council on the refurbishment of the building.

"The essential repair and replacement of the roof is taking place as a priority, after which our extensive and exciting refurbishment works will begin, with the assurance that the significant investment we are putting into the building will be protected.

"We are so passionate about bringing this special venue back to life and we are eager to share our finalised design plans with the community very soon, in anticipation of a grand opening in the autumn.

"In the meantime, we will be expanding the range of food and drink served from our temporary units, such as delicious iced drinks, freshly made sandwiches and baguettes and tasty park snacks, all enjoyed under the comfort of our canopy, soaking up the sun in our outdoor seating area or elsewhere in the beautiful grounds of Towneley Park."

The council has apologised for the delay in reopening The Stables Cafe and the inconvenience this has caused to visitors.