On Monday lunchtimes during school terms we open our doors as a cafe. From mums and tots to walking groups, asylum seekers and painter-decorators, we welcome in everybody for a good, home-cooked meal or a friendly cup of tea.
Courtyard Cafe began on October 5th, 1998, with five small tables in what was then a new glass-roofed courtyard area of the church. Due to popular demand we had to expand into the main church hall. We are still here today, run entirely by a regular team of around 12 volunteers from HLBC and friends from the local community.
- We believe that we are serving God by serving our customers and offering a hand of friendship to the local community.
- We believe that we should keep our prices low, so we can offer good, nutritious food at affordable prices to everyone who comes through our doors.
The Cafe is administered by a management committee made up of four volunteers, and we are fully equipped to operate (including a five star health and safety rating from the council!). We serve a range of lunchtime food including freshly cooked hot meals, baked potatoes and toasties, sandwiches, puddings and drinks.
We open from 11am until 1.30pm
The Cafe runs during school term time, not usually in holidays. To check which Mondays we are running this term, visit our Church Google Diary.
Opening onto the main food hall is our secondhand clothes shop. We sell during Cafe hours, 11am til 1.30pm, and customers are always welcome to browse through and find a bargain! All our clothing is donated, and sold at very low prices. We keep a rolling stock of a range of seasonal items for women, men, children and babies.
Courtyard Clothes relies on donations from the local community. We accept bags of clean, good quality clothing during the church office opening times (please contact the office if you want to drop something off but can’t manage these times). Please note that we can only take clothing items, and not bric-a-brac or electrical goods.