The new Central Park cafe is open!
Named the Meadow Cafe and operated by Council partners FullyCATERed, the brand new, purpose-built eatery is the flagship project of the overall Central Park improvements project
The cafe will promote a healthy menu and will use produce sourced from local suppliers, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, organic milk, with no fried food.
Surplus funds from the cafe will be invested back into Central Park and other educational projects so as well as enjoying the food and drink, customers will know they are also supporting great projects.
Guests, including friends of the park, volunteers and Councillors sampled the new café for the first time at a VIP event on Friday afternoon where Tudor Evans OBE, Leader of Plymouth City Council, officially snipped the ribbon.
Councillor Evans said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be here today to open this wonderful facility.
“We are so proud of this project – the location is perfect, the design is perfect, the ecology is perfect, the set up is perfect.
“The Meadow Café will help to further enhance Central Park’s reputation as Plymouth’s premier green space.”
FullyCATERed’s Managing Director Brad Pearce added: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work in partnership with the Council on this project to open The Meadow Café.
“The café is a great addition to the park, and we are excited to share our wider ethos of supporting families to access great tasting, affordable food and drink as we do in schools across Plymouth every day through CATERed”
The Meadow Café has opened just in time to be the prime attraction at the Plymouth Parks Matter event on Saturday.
Running from 10am until 3pm, the event will boast free activities, games, bouncy castle, music, dance, face painting and loads more.
The Meadow Café is located adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible point of the park.
It overlooks the Play Space, and will be in easy reach of the Community Sports Hub.
The café will also host a new water refill station, the first to be delivered as part of the Council pledge to help reduce single use plastic
The design of the cafe is inspired by the rolling hills in the surrounding landscape and uses natural materials to blend into the park.
It also has a wildflower roof with 34 different varieties of wildflower, the grass blanket will become a haven for bees and other pollinating insects, whilst adding heating benefits to the café below.