It was going to be a restaurant from the "Victus & Bibo" Turkish-ish street food guys. Their licence was granted last summer, I don't know what the delay is about, or someone different has now taken the site on?
It's a funny little spot... a bit too from the main drag, unless the food is really bloody good.
I read that CoOp may take over Costcutter, which would mean that the small shop (whose shutters are increasingly full of tagging that it refuses to take off or ask the council to do so) so that would mean two branches within yards of each other.
FHR could be nicer if the pavements were sorted out and that BT phone box removed. It is generally OK so I hope the shops trying hard to make it better can get some support.
Creams is a franchise operation, I'm not expecting great things, but it's probably a nice treat for the kids occasionally.
We had a Taste of Afghan flyer through the door the other day, and it's also on Deliveroo... I'm not really familiar with Afghan food, but plenty of the dishes will look familiar to curry fans (karahi/biryani/tikka/etc). Lots of things seem to be available by the kg, and looking through the window, they seem to have some pretty large tables in there. So perhaps it's geared towards banqueting/catering? So maybe it's reasonably authentic stuff?
Only ever went in The Hope once. I liked the decor, board games, drinks selection... but it was absolutely empty, and we had a roast which was not particularly good...