At the end of last year we decided to seek a new franchise for the Flag &Whistle café at Toddington. It has been run successfully by Val Hoskin for 7 years but we wanted to increase the number of opening days and also make changes in the menus and method of operation. We therefore wrote a new set of requirements and invited tenders for a new agreement. The final choice was Lynne Tiddy, a newcomer to the railway but with great plans for the future. She will take over the F&W with effect from February 1st 2014 to prepare for opening in March. Look out for more information on what will be on offer nearer the opening date.
In order to support the additional operating requirements, we have upgraded the kitchen area so as to facilitate more efficient preparation and serving. This upgrade, along with the recently upgraded furniture in the customer area will make a big improvement in what can be offered to our visitors. We thank Val for all her hard work over the years and wish Lynne a successful future.