The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire has officially re-opened the new-look Grimsby Minster Cafe following a year of closure.

St James’ Square has recently undergone refurbishment, and the new public space adorned with installations depicting Grimsby’s fishing heritage and local stories is also proving popular with locals.

A grand re-opening took place on Friday 9 July. Bishop Nigel Peyton opened the proceedings with the civic party who announced the official opening of Grimsby Minster Café, followed by a peel of the minster bells. Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Philip Jackson, and Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe and Mayoress Sandra Hathorpe were in attendance.

“Grimsby Minster is becoming a thriving place to be, with a rich arts, culture and heritage offer,” Cllr Hasthorpe.

“It’s hoped the cafe will bring people together to look inside the Minster, enjoy the new-look cafe and look at the new Square. It’s a place to be proud of, there’s a positive future with the cultural and regeneration work that is going on in the town.”

In his speech, Cllr Jackson, said:

Grimsby Minster is an integral part of the Heritage Trail, which runs from Wellowgate, through Victoria Street, Abbeygate, over the new Garth Lane bridge and across to the Kasbah on the Docks.

The re-opening of the cafe comes just weeks after the new-look St James’ Square was unveiled.

The new café will welcome residents, local community groups and visitors and have outdoor seating available to enjoy alfresco refreshments at top town.

Grimsby Minster Cafe will serve food and drinks sourced from local suppliers. The menu will feature a range of Lincolnshire produce, and the new cultural setting is perfect for lunch or a coffee stop.

The Minster has also been undergoing serious works to the roof, plasterwork, replaced a missing pinocle, a new boiler and restored the flagpole, all made possible by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and COVID Recovery Fund.

Covid Recovery Consultant Emma Olivier-Townrow said: “We are really excited to welcome visitors from Grimsby, Greater Lincolnshire and beyond to enjoy the minsters’  cultural offering and café space.

“The space has been designed to be inclusive, inspiring and a place where friends of the Minster, whether new or old, can find solace and good coffee, as we emerge out of the pandemic.

“The team are currently developing a vibrant programme of activity for later in the year, that supports local artists and creative enterprises. We have a fantastic space and opportunity for artworks to be displayed in the minster.

“Grimsby Minster really is a place for everyone.”

This includes our latest visitor, the beautiful Grimsby Imp, the 32nd of the Lincoln Imp trail , she is in the minster now and ready to be painted by Creative start, a local organisation that uses art as recovery. The design by Kevin reflects the women working in the frozen fish industry. The Grimsby Imp will form the start of the creative, heritage and tourism journey for the minster, we hope to welcome many visitors to see the imp and the minster. The Grimsby Imp is the 32nd imp to join the ranks of our other 31 imps that landed in the county last weekend and visitors touring the Lincoln Imp trail will be encouraged to find the 32nd imp within Grimsby. 


Sarah Loftus, Chief Executive of Lincoln BIG said ‘It’s great to add this 32nd Imp to the Main Imp trail and a new addition along with the Education Imps being Launched today. This shows true partnership working with the creative sector in Lincolnshire. Many people will not know that there is an IMP hiding in Grimsby Minister as well as in Lincoln Cathedral. Hopefully, this addition to our programme will bring more interest to the IMP Trail!

“This project has the ability to unite the county during this really challenging time, it will bring something positive to both residents, workers and businesses this year.”

The Minster is looking for volunteers for a host of roles within the venue and in the cafe. Registration to become a volunteer is now open

Positions are available for volunteer tour guides, welcome staff, and heritage helpers to assist with the general day to day running and maintenance of the minster.

Grimsby Minster Café will be open from 9.30am until 2.30pm, and then regularly at those times five days a week, each Tuesday to Saturday.

To book your interest in volunteer roles contact  [email protected] or call (01472) 277277.

Services will continue and weddings, funerals, blessings, and hire of the Minster can be booked via [email protected] or call (01427) 277277.

A little about the Grimsby Imp 

Grimsby Minster is home to the Grimsby Imp.  If you look very carefully you might spot the cheeky imp hiding in the stonework within the minster. Look high and low, look everywhere you go, the Grimsby imp is not easy to find.


The legend of the imps tells us the story that begins with two imps. They flew about, looking for mischief. Firstly, the imps went to Chesterfield and twisted the church spire. Chased away by the angels, the imps then flew over to Lincoln, where they tried to trip up the Bishop in the Cathedral. An angel appeared and asked the imps to stop. One of the imps threw stones at the angel, the other imp hid. The angel turned the first imp into stone. The imp that didn’t throw stones, was given a chance by the angel and allowed to fly away. The imp flew to Grimsby.

Grimsby Minster is working with Creative start, who have skilfully designed the Grimsby imp artwork.

The Grimsby imp design is reflective of the women working within the frozen fish industry in the 50s and 60s.  Grimsby is now one of the largest and busiest fish processing operations in Europe. The resource and resilience of the Grimsby people, delivering a world class process, something to be very proud of. Just like this mighty and magnificent Minster.

The Grimsby Imp will help with the challenge of raising £28,000 to repair the Minster clock. Grateful thanks to Lincoln Big for enabling the minster to support the EBP education pack and St Barnabas Hospice. Painting of the Imp will take place at the Minister Café all next week.


Residents and businesses can follow the progress of the Trail on,