What is the project?
The Strawberry Line Cafe Project was set up to establish a community cafe in the old waiting room building at Yatton Railway Station. The café is also providing an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to experience a real working environment.
Here’s a short presentation which gives you an idea of where we are, and see more details below.
What are the opening hours?
See Opening Hours for current hours – these are subject to seasonal changes.
What sort of food do you serve?
See the current menu (under review) here. Wherever possible it’s ethically sourced, locally supplied, Fair Trade, and always tasty! There are some healthy options and some traditional tasty cafe food. For breakfasts, there’s orange juice, bananas, and yoghurts for example, or bacon baps, buttered wholemeal toast and veggie sausage rolls. Lunches will include home made soup, salads, and jacket potatoes. We serve good coffee, speciality and traditional teas, milkshakes, local real dairy ice cream and home made cakes. In season there wil be lots of strawberry specials…
Who runs the project?
The project is run by a Community Interest Company (CIC), a non-profit organisation with a board of directors who are all local people. The CIC gives us some advantages compared with a charity, particularly when it comes to running the cafe itself, but, like a charity, is run solely for the benefit of the project itself, with 100% of the profits ploughed back into the business. We are delighted to have as our patron Dr Liam Fox MP, who is a keen supporter of the project.
Where is the cafe?
The cafe occupies the old waiting room, office and store rooms at Yatton Railway Station, designed by the renowned Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Although part of the building was used as a waiting room until quite recently, most of it has been empty for years, as you can see on our photos page. The building is listed, and so the process of developing plans which preserve and restore Brunel’s original building has been a long and complex one.
Who uses the cafe?
One obvious group of users is railway passengers, looking for refreshments to help them on their way, or while waiting for a train. The many walkers and cyclists using the Strawberry Line find the cafe convenient for a stop at the beginning or end of their journey.
However the cafe is also a community facility, where anyone can drop in to enjoy the atmosphere and the food and drink that we’ll have on offer. The cafe is available to community groups or event organisers, either during normal opening hours or for private functions, providing a comfortable and relaxed meeting place in a unique location.