A BRADFORD city centre cafe has closed after 50 years.

The Athenium Coffee House, located inside Kirkgate Market, is shut following half a century of business.

It is understood The Athenium came to an end on December 30, 2023.

A notice on the cafe's window added: "We would like to express to all our customers our greatest gratitude for your continued support and patronage over the last 50 years."

In 2022, it was announced that Bradford Council bought Kirkgate Shopping Centre for £15.5m with a view to demolishing it in the coming years as part of its long-standing plans to create a “city village”.

Darley Street Market, which will house around 40 businesses, is expected to open this May.