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Cafe For Didsbury Park

Tearooms and charity join forces to add amenity to green beauty

Published on July 18th 2013.

Cafe For Didsbury Park

SOUTHERN Manchester venue, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon, apparently one of the top 50 tea rooms in the UK, is to launch a 'pop-up' summer café in Didsbury Park in partnership with local charity, Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN).

Cafes are humanising elements in parks and will boost the visitor numbers to these vital elements of city life.

This starts on Friday 26th July continuing until the end of September. It will open from Thursday to Sunday.

And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon In The Park (probably the country’s longest title for any food and drink venue) will  focus on cakes and bakes, but also a wider menu of changing specials including salads, platters, savoury tarts and seasonal soup. There will also be healthy snacks for kids, baby change facilities, picnic blankets and a range of milkshakes, iced coffees and organic drinks.

A share of all profits will return to the community to help its most vulnerable residents.

The pop-up will be located inside the park's pavilion and will host fun and creative community events for both the younger and older person.

The 'pop-up' café will promote the work of DGN who provide invaluable services to older people in the community. Indeed after a year of fundraising and renovation work DGN's elderly members have made the refurbished Didsbury Park Pavilion their new home. 

The partnership with And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon also gives DGN the opportunity to try out new activities, raise funds and encourage new volunteers to join us in our work with the elderly

The original And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon tea-room is based at 230 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LW. It’s summer sibling will be in the Holt Pavilion, Didsbury Park (off Gillbrook Road), Didsbury, M20 5LS.

Confidential thinks this is a welcome move and echoes the opening of a Caffeine & Co’s operation in Longford Park, Stretford.

Cafes are humanising elements in parks and will boost the visitor numbers to these vital elements of city life.

A happy result would be more and more of these places in Manchester parks, adding to their amenity and their safety through frequent use and delivering a place for kids to buy drinks after shinning up trees, or playing tennis.

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