Cafe opens in old Clayton Arms

Photo: David Hurst'Chocstop,  the new cafe on Manchester Road, Nelson
Photo: David Hurst'Chocstop, the new cafe on Manchester Road, Nelson

A delightfully smart and colourful new cafe has opened in Nelson, thanks to two brothers who already have a popular sweet shop in the town centre.

Nohail Akhtar (37) and his brother Shahraz (31) have sorted out Chocstop Diner on Manchester Road, which is in part of the old Clayton Arms pub there.

The Akhtars had already been running their shop Chocstop – right in the centre of town next to Wilco – for two years but are now operating a place where people can get sweet meals.

They provide all sorts of things – coffee, spectacular cakes, waffles, sundaes, cookie doughs, a variety of ice creams, milk shakes and lots more.

And it is a lovely place to sit and eat and drink. It is delightfully designed and decorated with lots of colours and some great pictures on a wall. Shahraz said: “It was designed by ourselves!”

He added: “We are really, really excited with it. It took quite a time of effort to get it set up, but we are pleased with the final outcome!”

The brothers were both born and brought up in Nelson. They went to the town’s Whitefield Infant and Lomeshaye Junior Schools. Shahraz then went to Walton High School, while his older brother Nohail was at Edge End High.

Nohail was interviewed at their original sweet shop Chocstop which also provides coffee and offers a lot of American suits. He said: “I’m fully pleased we have had help from Pendle Council. They have helped us with the start of funding and provided some funding for the shop signage.

“We both worked in Manchester for 10 years. We are pleased to be back here and have this shop and the new cafe, too!”

So Chocstop Diner is open seven days each week. From Monday to Friday it opens at noon and closes at 11pm. But on Saturday and Sunday it is from noon to midnight.