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Heather Mills' cafe shut for winter

Heather Mills's seaside vegan cafe has been closed for the winter.

VBites has been open since July last year but announced it will be shutting down for the winter period "to focus on staff training, recipe development and VBites franchising".

Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife refurbished the former fish restaurant in Hove, East Sussex, last year and developed a wholly vegan and largely organic menu using meat substitutes with her team of chefs.

The cafe, which is next to Hove Lagoon and a large children's play area, stayed open all of last winter and has been open seven days a week during the summer period.

It was deserted on Friday with bars on the windows and signs posted on the doors announcing its closure, but with no details of when it will reopen.

A message on the VBites website said: "VBites Hove is having its end of summer holiday from Saturday September 11.

"2010 has been a great year for VBites. We have had a fantastic summer and - like many beach cafes across the country - will be closed over the winter so that we can focus on staff training, recipe development and VBites franchising.

"We've been working hard and it's been our pleasure to serve you over the Brighton and Hove summer beach season."

The message said the cafe is available for private parties during the winter months and Ms Mills will be hosting "fun and informal" cookery workshops at the site over the period.

"We look forward to seeing you again soon when we re-open," it added.

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