A HEREFORDSHIRE man has big plans for an iconic roadside cafe in the county.

Stuart Bryan, from Leominster, has reopened the unique A49 bus cafe, situated in a layby in the nearby village of Ashton.

The cafe has been lying empty for the past 18 months and Mr Bryan saw the double decker bus as a great opportunity.

He has spent the last few weeks sprucing the bus up, and getting it ready before opening to the public this week.


The bus has seating and tables on the top deck, with the kitchen on the bottom deck.

Mr Bryan said: "I've always liked the idea of running a roadside diner and this is the perfect place for it.

"The bus has so much potential. It's quirky, it's different, and it's memorable."

Mr Bryan has a wealth of experience in catering and hospitality.

He has run catering outlets before and also has experience as a chef at the Bay Horse Inn in Hereford.

He is hoping to use this to develop the bus into not only a typical snack bar but something slightly more substantial.

He said: "To start off with, I will be serving traditional truck stop fare like breakfasts, burgers and bacon baps.

"However, as time goes on, I would like to expand this a bit to cover bigger meals such as steak and chips and cottage pie.

"It's definitely a case of one step at a time, but eventually, if things are going well, I hope to expand the menu and make it a fantastic alternative diner for families to come.

"I'm looking forward to welcoming people back to the bus."