Nicola stops by for a coffee

Nicola Sturgeon cuts the ribbon to open Bell and Felix.

Nicola Sturgeon cuts the ribbon to open Bell and Felix.

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A new bistro in Shawlands opened its doors to a very important guest, recently.

Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister, officiated at the opening of Shawlands latest hot spot — Bell and Felix.

Nicola, who represents the area at the Scottish parliament, cut the ribbon to officially open the coffee bar and then poured coffees for customers.

The politician said: “I am very pleased to welcome Bell and Felix, another new business in the local area.

“The cafe/bistro will be a fantastic addition to the Shawlands scene, one which has set out to offer support to the local community; by employing local people, supporting and publicising local initiatives and contributing to the regeneration of Shawlands — as well as having fabulous food, coffee and cake.”

The deputy first minister had lunch at the cafe before chatting to customers.

Co-owner Richard Bell said: “It has been a journey to open Bell and Felix, but I have had lots of support from family and friends and the people of Shawlands have been fantastic, even before we opened!”

Bell and Felix is located at 248 Kilmarnock Road.