New-look menu and extended opening hours at not-for-profit café

PUBLISHED: 12:42 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 04 April 2018

The team at Yatton's Strawberry Line Café.

The team at Yatton's Strawberry Line Café.

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A not-for-profit café has revised its menu and extended its opening hours.

The Strawberry Line Café at Yatton Railway Station gives employment opportunities to people with learning difficulties but also makes sure customers enjoy a variety of food.

On Friday, the eatery extended its opening hours to 5pm each day and improved its food offering, with more vegetarian and vegan options now available.

The changes come after a customer survey was run, with 135 people airing their opinions.

Director Ann Ramsey was delighted with the feedback.

She said: “The vast majority of our customers were very happy with the current service but a significant number requested the café opening hours be extended, particularly during the spring and summer months when many people are out and about enjoying the Strawberry Line.

“Rail travellers will also benefit from being able to have refreshments and shelter for an extra couple of hours each day.

“There were also comments widening the menu choices, so we are trying out some new recipes which we hope will go down well with the customers.

“It’s been a difficult year with two break-ins but the support in terms of donations and from well-wishers has kept us positive.

“We are so grateful to everyone for their kindness.”

Regular visitors to the café will notice some changes behind the counter.

Zoe Barker has been promoted to be the café’s manager after years working as a supervisor.

Long-standing employee Pete Burgess is stepping down but will remain as a director. Ms Ramsey thanked him for his ‘loyalty and years of service’.

She added: “The café team is raring to go and have new polo shirts and aprons, courtesy of a donation from the Yeo Valley Lions.

“All we need now is the continued support of the community to support us in this major step forward and make the most of our extended hours.”

The café has been running since 2010 when a small group of directors raised £250,000 to create the venture.

It has 10 staff members, of which six are adults with learning difficulties.

The café is open from 7.30am-5.30pm on weekdays and 9.30am-5pm on weekends. It will open 15 minutes earlier on Sundays during the summer to coincide with steam trains passing through the station.



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