A village post office has reopened – in a cafe.
The Corby Glen branch is believed to be the first in the area where customers can stop for soups and snacks while buying stamps and savings bonds.
The Pantry in Market Place, owned by Miranda Bainbridge, is the new home of the village post office.
The branch in Church Street closed after sub postmistress Helen Dunn retired.
Ms Bainbridge, who returned to Lincolnshire two years ago after living in Spain for 20 years, said: “When I came back to the UK I could see things from an outsiders point of view. I noticed communities were dying.
“Many post offices have closed in villages and I didn’t want that to happen in Corby Glen.”
With the nearest branch 10 miles away in Bourne, Ms Bainbridge said she had been very busy since the opening on Valentine’s Day.
She added: “We have no banks here, so people come in to pay in cheques or withdraw cash. It’s like a mini bank which is very helpful for pensioners. And they can also stop for coffee and a chat.”
The counter service at The Pantry is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturdays.
A Post Office spokesman said: “We understand how important having a post office is to residents in Corby Glen and we are confident that its opening in The Pantry will be popular with the local community.”
The Pantry, which opened in May last year, sells fresh bread, meat and wine and the cafe provides coffee, cakes and pastries as well as light lunches. There is ample parking and disabled access.
The post office’s spokesman said that a branch in a cafe was “quite unusual” as most were in convenience stores or newsagents.
Other unusual venues with post offices include pubs, pharmacies, petrol stations, library, church and toy shop.