A.T. Welch in Nantwich is Narnia with good coffee and fine foods, inevitably including Turkish delight for Edmund. But here, it’s customers not coats you squeeze past making your way through this corridor of a shop. And just as in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, hidden away at the end is something rather magical.
The shop with its tiny frontage is run by Roger and Stuart Austin, the fourth generation of their family involved in the grocery trade. ‘It’s been in the family since 1967 when our parents bought it from the Welch family,’ says Stuart: ‘Goes on forever doesn’t it? 145 feet in total.’