As an Abingdon resident, I am naturally concerned about the high number of shops closing in the town centre.

Many traders believe the new traffic system in Stratton Way is responsible for deterring shoppers from coming to the town, or persuading them to go elsewhere.

When my parents came to visit during half-term we left the car at home and were delighted to spot a new cafe open in Bath Street.

Ala Mansour recently took over the property, formerly the Cottage Bakery, and has given it such a dramatic makeover that it is fast becoming one of the town's most popular destinations.

Until four years ago, Mr Mansour ran Chez Gaston, in North Parade, Oxford, and the bright yellow decor at Cafe Zeko is a reminder of the previous premises.

On the day of our visit, I opted for sausage, egg and chips for £5.25.

"I'll have the same," my seven-year-old son piped up enthusiastically, and was given a child's portion.

My other son, who is four, chose a basket of chips (he hasn't grasped the importance of vegetables yet and does not accept bribes), while my parents both opted the delicious lamb hotpot, which came to £11.90.

All the meals were served promptly, were piping hot, and the chips were positively moreish.

Afterwards, my dad still had room for an apple crumble, while my eldest son had a generous helping of ice cream.

This was good, hearty English food but Mr Mansour can also provide more exotic fare, and recommends his seafood florentine dish featuring salmon, spinach and white wine.

The bill for five, which came to £28.50, did not seem at all unreasonable and I shall be visiting again, but don't forget to bring cash as the cafe does not accept cards at the moment.

The bill Two lamb hotpots: £11.90 Sausage, egg and chips: £5.25 Sausage, egg and chips, child's portion: £2.50 Portion of chips: £1.50 Apple crumble: £2.55 Ice cream:£1.95 Two hot chocolates: £3.10 Total: £28.75