Cafe 66 Community Cafe
Following the lockdown announcement this evening (5 Jan) we have decided to remain closed for the time being. Our priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers and customers. Take care and stay safe.
Please contact us via Facebook, text/call or email us with your orders
We look forward to seeing you soon
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Please ignore everything below for now. It's the old page pre-covid
Help support an amazing community project
********** Eat In or Takeaway **********
* Light Lunches * Toasties *
* Sandwiches * Specials Board *
********** Waiter Service **********
All of our food is freshly prepared on the premises
and offers EXCEPTIONAL VALUE
Café 66 is a friendly community cafe, open to the public.
They serve a range of hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks including home-made cakes, scones and sausage rolls. In addition they offer a lunch menu which includes one or more home cooked specials (curry, chilli, lasagne, pasta bake) as well as sandwiches and toasties, filled jacket potatoes, baguettes and panini's. Their menu is competitively priced, with a hot drink and snack
Cafe 66 is staffed by young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. It offers them a unique opportunity to learn valuable skills in a supportive environment. The cafe instills a huge sense of pride and improves their interpersonal skills and self-confidence. A number of volunteers support the staff and help with cafe duties.
All are welcome. If you're on your own they can seat you with their regular customers and introduce you to new friends. They have plenty of room for prams and pushchairs and welcome babies and children. Wheelchair users are also well catered for, and in good weather we offer outside seating too.
- Tuesday - 10.00am-1.30pm
- Wednesday - 10.00am-1.30pm
- Thursday - 10.00am-1.30pm
- Friday - 10.00am-1.30pm
To contact Cafe 66 or find out what the day’s special is please use one of the options below:
or pop in and see them to experience for yourself the cafe that won Stars of Suffolk Team of the Year 2017.
They also provide catering for events such as meetings, seminars, parties etc including weekends. If theycould provide lunches or refreshments for an event you are running please get in touch.
- Kesgrave Scout Hut, Twelve Acre Approach IP5 1JF
(behind Grange Farm Little Tesco)
Café 66 opened in June 2006 on Tuesday and Friday mornings, using the Scout Hall at Rupert Fison Centre, next to Kesgrave Tesco store.
The Café was originally set up by the Kesgrave Community Resource Unit, which then was situated at the old Doctors Surgery building in Bell Lane and catered for the needs of adults with learning and physical disabilities.
The Unit leader at the time wanted the members to engage with the community and it was thought that a café would give them social contact with the public and new skills in preparing and serving meals under supervision, all good for their well being and development.
Those involved with the handling and preparation of food passed their necessary hygiene certificates and in those early days soup and cakes were prepared at the Bell Lane premises.
For financial reasons, the Community Resource Unit closed the Café on Fridays in December 2009 but continued to operate on a Tuesday under the wing of Poppies Pantry. At this point a new organisation, registered as the Café 66 Society was founded to take over the Friday operation on an unsubsidised, non-profit basis. As a result in mid April 2010 the present management took control and reopened on Fridays, following the same goals in providing a Café to the community and fulfilling the needs of the Kesgrave C.R.U. members supervised duties. It was subsequently able to open the Café on Thursdays as well
Although the Kesgrave C.R.U. in Bell Lane is now closed the Café 66 staff are still the same local adults from Kesgrave, Rushmere and the surrounding area.
On 30 June 2015 the Tuesday sessions being operated by Poppies Pantry closed and they moved to St Mary’s Church Centre Woodbridge. However in mid November 2015 the Thursday and Friday Team reopened the Tuesday mornings sessions.
In March 2018 we opened at Grundisburgh Village Hall. However we couldn’t make it work and stopped in January 2019.
Please come along and enjoy a drink, snack, sandwich or meal freshly prepared, at reasonable prices and support your local community.
Last update on Wednesday 06 Jan 2021 by Alan Comber.