Experience a taste of Hexthorpe hospitality
What do you do with a boarded up toilet block at the edge of a park? You could knock it down or transform it into a community café. That’s exactly what happened to the Dell café in Hexthorpe just off the Balby Road in Doncaster.
In 2014 the Dell café started trading.
Now it is a thriving meeting point and a great community base. Everyone visits during the day, regulars, passers by, workmen, teachers, young and old all pop in for a cheese and bacon panini, a natter and a great cup of coffee. Food is always an easy and pleasurable way to start a conversation after all.
Lizzie Reasbeck says “ I love my job because I always meet new people and often offer a listening ear for anyone who needs it. I was very pleased to receive the S.I.D mark that is part of the Safety in Doncaster initiative. We help protect adults who have a learning disability. Shops, pubs, libraries and others display the S.I.D logo in their windows so that any vulnerable adult can identify that someone in the premises knows about the scheme and how to help them. Small community spaces like us have a small but very valuable part to play in making people’s lives better.”
This November the Dell café played host to the Firework Festival in the park.
Almost 1700 people enjoyed the event and it was great to see so many local residents walking too. Friends of the Park also meet inside once a month and have already seen lots of improvements under their watch. During October the main pathways were resurfaced and there is very active group of volunteers regularly litter picking. Also groups of primary pupils from Hexthorpe school planted hundreds of bulbs that will brighten up the area in the spring.
The Dell Cafe is a great place for local entrepreneurs to meet up
‘We love seeing the poetry group who visit on a Monday and the group of walkers who all come into refresh themselves on a Thursday. Interestingly we have a number of entrepreneurs in Hexthorpe who all work from home and they come in to chat and have coffee and reacquaint themselves with the real world. It can be very lonely working on your own all day.
Take a walk in a traditional park and get some fresh air in your lungs!
Certainly a walk in the beautiful park followed by a slice of home made cake and a cup of something will make an afternoon complete. If you are really adventurous try Lizzie’s famous bacon and cheese panini or tasty home made soup and a roll. Good Food Doncaster thinks the panini takes some beating!
During the winter the Dell Cafe opening hours are 10-3.30
However, the café and its grounds are open and available for children’s birthday parties and small gatherings. If you haven’t visited then why not give it a try and experience a taste of Hexthorpe hospitality. You can like the Dell Cafe on Facebook