WE shared the news that one of the most iconic cafés in England is potentially set to re-open next year, after plans for the rebuilding of the much-loved venue were approved.

Plans were approved on Friday, May 31 for the rebuild of the iconic Hartside Cafe in Alston, after it was destroyed by fire back in 2018.

Planning authority Westmorland and Furness Council received 123 letters of support, in addition to 14 objection letters.

The business will be family-run, with Dawn Dixon assisted by her two sons Rudy and Tom Dixon. Dawn said there will always be a member of the family on site due to the importance they hold around the ‘personal touch’ for customers.

Here's what readers thought.

Bill Moulding said: "Great news, well done and hope it’s a great success."

Valerie Mallinson said: "Long overdue. Look forward to visiting."

Alison Gina Shotton said the news was 'fantastic', as Hels Wilson added: "Brilliant news. Can’t wait."

Kaye Johnstone said: "My friend and I always stopped at Hartside on our way to Appleby, he would have the full English breakfast and I settled for coffee and a sandwich and a piece of one of the delicious cakes. When the cafe reopens I hope to revisit in his memory."

Colin Appleby said: "Always called here on way to relatives in Kirkby Stephen."

One web user said: "This is brilliant news for locals."