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Thirsk-based business, Twisted Automotive, has opened a coffee shop at its showroom. The Land Rover Defender specialist claims The Old Cinema is the only coffee house in Yorkshire, possibly the UK, to house a speed boat.

Opening a cafe marks a new venture for the proud Yorkshire business. With freshly ground coffee, homemade bakes and a warm welcome, it hopes to become a hub for the market town of Thirsk.

While renowned for modifying classic Land Rover Defender, Twisted added a marine arm to the business in 2021. Twisted Marine builds on the 20 years of engineering expertise from Twisted Automotive to custom-build RIBs and sports boats.

Charles Fawcett, founder, explained, “The Old Cinema is a little slice of heaven if you like machines with your caffeine. Our brand-new T300S sports boat is unmissable but I’d encourage guests to discover other treasures too.

We have the most extensive stock of unused, modified classic Land Rover Defender. You’ll also find some wonderful old vehicles, such as the last edition classic VW Beetle with just a few hundred miles on the clock, a TT race bike and a 1939 tractor.

The Old Cinema is somewhere people can call in, grab a coffee, share stories and see our vehicles up close.”

Staff at The Old Cinema cater to various allergies and offer a selection of milk options. Dogs are welcome, as well as families.

The Old Cinema building dates back to July 1914, when it opened as the Gaiety Cinema on Long Street, close to Thirsk town centre. It was extensively damaged by fire in 1930 and was later acquired by a tyre fitting company before Twisted bought and renovated it in 2020.

Opening hours are 0800 to 1700, Monday to Friday.

For more information please visit www.https://www.theoldcinemathirsk.co.uk

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