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Popular Cafe Loco in Oxford city centre is closing its doors after 16 years

Popular Cafe Loco in Oxford city centre closes its doors after 16 years

Cafe Loco, a family-run cafe on St Aldgate's in Oxford, is closing its doors after 16 years due to the lack of tourists visiting the city this year.

Cafe Loco, which relies on tourists for 90 per cent of its trade, has seen a dramatic fall in people visiting the city this year because of the pandemic. It has also been impacted by city professionals working from home as well as competition from the nearby Westgate Centre which boasts an array of eateries and cafes.

The cafe which has been used to film ITV's Inspector Morse sequel Lewis is a favourite of Oxford's Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

Owner Graham Wellstead, who lives in Abingdon, has indicated that there are plans to reopen the cafe on a different site in Oxfordshire in the future. He said: “I have an additional café in the Crown Court, that will still be going and I’m looking for another site in Oxfordshire."