Meet the tenants

Periwinkle tea-room on Selworthy Green, Holnicote Estate, Somerset

After a period of closure, Periwinkle tea room and Clematis Cottage gift shop and gallery on Selworthy Green open on 1 April. The tea room and shop are owned by the National Trust and being managed by local tenants David Pollard and Paul Gibbs.

Paul was born in Devon and spent his childhood in Dorset. Having family in Somerset meant frequent visits to the West Somerset coast. Paul’s great grandparents worked on the Holnicote Estate as a woodsman and domestic staff, they lived in Selworthy in a grace and favour cottage and together with their youngest daughter Daisy are buried in the Churchyard.

Paul’s grandparents met at a dance in Porlock Village hall and his mother was born in Minehead. Having lived and worked on Exmoor for over twenty years Paul is delighted to be taking on the exciting challenge of bringing Periwinkle Cottage back to the iconic and much-loved tearoom of its hey day.

“Selworthy is such a special place for so many people. For me it feels like home and we hope that both Periwinkle Cottage and Clematis Cottage will have a cosy, homely but contemporary feel” says Paul.

David was born in Kent and spent his childhood growing up on a fruit farm, having spent eighteen years living and working on Sark, in the Channel Islands David has made West Somerset his home. 

“Taking on Clematis Cottage as well as Periwinkle Cottage and working in partnership with the National Trust is an exciting opportunity, we are looking forward to creating two venues that will draw people to the beautiful location, not just to enjoy the history, views and architecture but also for great food and local created artisan gifts”

Paul and David also own their own management consultancy, offering advice, support and guidance to businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector and have a wealth of knowledge that they bring to Selworthy.

Both Periwinkle tea room and Clematis Cottage gift shop and gallery open on Saturday 1 April until 28 October 2017 and will be open from 10am until 5pm, seven days a week. From 30 October 2017 until  2 January 2018, Periwinkle tea room and Clematis Cottage gift shop will be open from 11am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

The shop and tea room will be closed from 3 January to 2 February 2018. 

For more information telephone 01643 863232 or visit Periwinkle Cottage on Facebook.