Coldwell Cafe Autumn News

By Claire Ansell | Blog

Nov 29
Pumpkin Cake @ Coldwell Cafe

Pumpkin Cake @ Coldwell CafeThe Coldwell cafe has had another interesting year. Our lovely chef Nicola started working for us front of house in August 2012. Since then she has taken over the role of chef, where she has produced a wonderful array of tasty food, with Joanne and Claire as the main samplers! Needless to say,  since Nicola has been cooking extra gym sessions are required! In order to help us out over winter we have now got a fabulous volunteer, Dan, who is front of house Wednesday’s and Thursday’s. One of our existing volunteers,  the lovely Jackie, will also be starting to help out on Fridays.

Robert, who has been with us forever despite being just 18 years old is now joined on a Sunday by Tom, who started out as a work experience student with us last Spring. All in all we have a happy, friendly and conscientious team of people who are all here to help our customers enjoy the environment and food up at the Coldwell Park Cafe.

This season we have a lovely new menu with winter warmer specials such as Home –Made Soup, Corned Beef Hash, Lasagne and Baked Potatoes. Our favourites such as All Day Breakfast, Baguettes and Hot Sandwiches and of course lots of yummy home made cakes are always here for our customers to enjoy.

Throughout December we will be offering our usual Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, running from the 4th-20th December. It is always popular so remember to get in touch to book a table!

We have seen many new faces recently as well as our loyal familiar customers.  Despite being only ten minutes from town many people are still surprised to find us nestled at the foot of the moors with a warm welcome and hearty food. One of our customers recently celebrated his 99th birthday with his family here at the Coldwell Cafe and enjoyed spending the afternoon surrounded by his loved ones and making the most of the games room and lounge whilst they were here.

On 30th August this year, the Coldwell Park Cafe held an exhibition by local artist Jeni Keiller. The stunning work exhibited was all based around the local Coldwell area, depicting the glorious scenery and wildlife. Jeni is a team leader for the Lancashire Princes Trust Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, helping young people to gain independence, confidence, work and qualifications. Coldwell Activity Centre works closely with Jeni by offering work experience and various projects for the young people on the Princes Trust programmes. Jeni has a background in fine art, and her passion and enthusiasm for this has never left her, so when she kindly offered to display her work in the Coldwell Cafe it was a wonderful opportunity  to display her artwork. The work is now displayed  and for sale in the cafe, and is well worth a visit.

This year we put on a Halloween party for the little people! We had an amazing story teller- Sue Allonby come and tell some tales to the children, along with a pie and pea supper for the adults, bun decorating, mask making and a disco. Coldwell is a perfect setting for a spooky event, with shadows over the reservoir casting an ethereal glow and ghosts and ghouls lurking behind every corner…

And speaking of historical happenings, we also had a pie and pea supper for the Briercliffe Society where local historian Roger Frost told a captivated audience tales from the past centred around the Coldwell area. They kindly made a donation to the centre which is being put to good use – Coldwell will be hosting and supporting local charity the Young Carers from Accrington by holding a Christmas Party for them in December.

The society also returned to the cafe for a lunchtime event, where Roger, a minefield of information gave a talk on history of the local area. We look forward to welcoming them back to Coldwell in the future.


About the Author

Manager at Coldwell Activity Centre in Burnley, Lancashire. I work with a great team who help to make Coldwell a happy place and a personal experience for those who visit

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