The much-loved Hereford cafe has closed after decades of serving locals

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A much-loved main street stalwart in Hereford closed for good five years ago in 2017.

Café Matabeau on Rue Commerciale was a popular haunt for many Herefordians before it closed in January of that year.

Known for its breakfasts, coffee, milkshakes and crispy rolls, Matabeau has been a street food staple for decades.

The cafe had previously closed briefly in 1992, when it underwent extensive renovations.

Owner Angelo Moruzzi outside the newly refurbished Matabeau in Hereford in 1992. Photo: Hereford Times

Co-owner Angelo Moruzzi, who also owned the Friar Tuck chip shop, told the Hereford Times in September of that year that work had been carried out with the aim of making the cafe one of the leading ‘all-day food’ houses. of Hereford.

For Mr Moruzzi, affectionately known as Mister M, it was the culmination of 17 years of expanding his business, the Hereford Times reported.

“All of his experience and knowledge have been poured back into the attractive new Matabeau setting and his own pride in the accomplishment simply shines through,” the report said at the time.

“The same pride shows in the smiling staff – people like Betty Jarman and Susan Jones who have been with the company since its inception.”

And members of our We Grew Up in Hereford Facebook group shared their fond memories of the cafe.

“My parents used to come to Hereford every Wednesday and they would park in a car park on Maylord Street. They would then walk down Gomond Street and then we would go to Matabeau for coffee. Weekly ritual,” Dinah said. Jones. .

Janet Walton said she and her mother loved the Matabeau.

“Beautiful ham salad rolls and the coffee was good too,” she said.

“When my children arrived they took them there too when we visited Hereford.”

Mister M, who died aged 75 in 2008, retired from coffee in 1996.

Hereford Times: Pepe's Piri Piri is preparing to open in 2019. Photo: Hereford TimesPepe’s Piri Piri is preparing to open in 2019. Photo: Hereford Times

The site, which sat empty for some time after the Matabeau suddenly closed, then reopened as Pepe’s Piri Piri in 2019.

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