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Café Duo Bid Farewell to Haughmond’s Hikers

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Bernie and Ellen of Pine Tops Café at the Forestry Commission’s Haughmond Hill will be marking the end of an era when they hang up their aprons and retire in the spring.

Bernie and Ellen first started serving tea, cake and bacon baps to hungry walkers on the Hill in 2006 and moved into the newly built café building in 2010.

Pine Tops Café has become something of an institution, open in all weathers for the visitors to the Hill as Forestry Commission Recreation Ranger Georgina Sharp tells us;

“Bernie and Ellen were quick to understand the visitors to Haughmond and have done so much more than run the café.

They help out when visitors loose their dogs, look after keys for runners and collect up lost property. 

Through the events they host at Easter and Christmas they have built up a sense of community around the café and we shall be sorry to see them go but wish them both a wonderful retirement.”

Ellen Whittle from Pine Tops Café tells us;

“Haughmond Hill is a unique place to run a business and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to do so over the past seven years.  We have made some wonderful friends and have enjoyed working with the Forestry Commission team and are proud to have supported a number of local charities through our events.  Both Bernie and myself are looking forwards to having a bit more time to spend with our families.”

The Forestry Commission are currently inviting enquiries for the lease of the café with a view that the new tenants will be open in time for the Easter holiday.  All enquiries should be to Stonesmiths on 01392 201262.

Why not come along to Pine Top’s final dog show on the 15 March in aid of Hilbrea Dog Rescue Centre and Riding for the Disabled and wish them farewell.


The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. To find out more about Forestry Commission England visit

Media contact: Georgina Sharp (Recreation Ranger) at the Forestry Commission’s Mortimer Forest Office on 01584 813826 or 07826 875751 or email

Ellen Whittle (Pine Tops Café) 07979327497