The new Cathedral Café was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Heather Taylor, and blessed by the Dean of Canterbury, The Very Rev Dr Robert Willis, on Thursday 20 February.
The new facility is situated next to Christ Church Gate, the historic entrance gate into the Precincts of the Cathedral.
This exciting new facility is a first for the World Heritage Site as it has never had an all year round Café before. The Cathedral Café will be run by Cathedral staff and any profit made will go toward the upkeep of the building.
We are very excited about the opening of the Café. The Cathedral has had a refreshment kiosk in the Precincts with wonderful views of the Church for many years but with our famous English weather, we have not been able to provide hospitality all year round before now. Canterbury Cathedral has a tradition of visitor welcome that reaches back to the days of medieval pilgrimage and we look forward to extending this hospitality to our new customers.
Café Manager Oleia Leclercq
The Cathedral Café’s menu of locally-sourced and seasonal produce includes delights such as bacon rolls and croissants for breakfast; fresh salads, soup and hot Panini’s for lunch; and traditional afternoon tea favourites such as scones with clotted cream and preserves, Victoria sponge and chocolate brownies. Additional features will include a monthly exhibition of art, provided by fine art students of Canterbury College.
The Café currently employs 10 new members of staff. The Café will have free Wi-Fi, its own website and social media.
The new addition to the Cathedral experience will be open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 till 18:00 and 09:00 – 17:00 on Sunday.
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Pilgrims and shoppers can refuel at new Cathedral Cafe – Canterbury Times (11/02/2014)