An old building on the platform of one of East Yorkshire's busiest train stations has been transformed into a stunning new eatery - a dream come true for its owner.

Kasha Gravill, 54, launched The Old Lamp Room at Cottingham Station on Tuesday, fulfilling her aim of setting up shop in her home village.

The "eclectic" venue, which she believes appeals to everyone from "train buffs" to commuters, had a "manic" start, with a stream of customers through the doors on its very first day.

The building was previously used by the railway to trim wicks for use within lamps on the line, as well as a store room, however, after a long wait, it now has a completely new purpose.

"I had always wanted a local business and I have always loved the station," Ms Gravill said. 

"I have wanted to be on Cottingham Station for years and years. I've always wanted it.

"It is very eclectic but we have tried to keep the integrity of the building as it was.

"Myself and the other half have done all the work ourselves. It has nearly killed me."

Northern Rail has cut car parking charges for the station, further benefiting the launch.

Kasha has worked alongside her partner, Mark Vines, on the two-year-long project to get them up and running and is thrilled with the early response.

Kasha Gravill, owner
Kasha Gravill, owner

"It went absolutely crackers today. It has been a constant flow of people all day. I'm just blown away," she said.

"We have had a lot of train buffs in today and older guys who used to work on the railway.

"Our footfall us huge but we need to find out how busy we are going to be.

"It has been absolutely manic."

Kasha has started by selling a small menu made up of locally-sourced products including coffee, cake and a selection of specials including homemade pies but is taking it in her stride to see just how popular it will be long term.