Cafe Afloat will close while staff recover from birthday party


A quirky cafe in Worcester will be closed on Sunday – and that’s for a reason many of us can relate to.

Cafe Afloat says it is closing for the day to allow staff to recover from a party the night before.

The cafe, which is based in a converted riverboat moored in the Diglis Basin, notified customers of the upcoming closure on Facebook.

“Hi folks, really sorry but we will be closed this Sunday,” the cafe said in a post.

“Our lovely manager Will has just had a big birthday and he’s having a party on Saturday night and we honestly don’t think the team will be in a condition to serve you on Sunday so we’ve decided not to open.

“We believe honesty is the best policy, so for a Sunday, only hangovers are to blame!”

Cafe Afloat opened in Basin Road, Diglis, 13 years ago and has proven popular in Worcester – with its bacon sandwiches particularly in demand.

Customers have clearly shown their appreciation by leaving positive reviews online, as the cafe was named one of the top 10% restaurants in the world by Tripadvisor.

Cafe Afloat is one of the top businesses on TripAdvisor

The accolade was announced as part of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2022 and posted on the company’s social media channels, thanking its customers and staff.

Dave Price, owner of Cafe Afloat, said he was very pleased with TripAdvisor’s elite status.

He said: “I got an email from TripAdvisor saying we’re in the top 10% of restaurants in the world, which I was really happy about.

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“We strive to please everyone and 99% of our reviews are always positive. In case anyone is unhappy, we always try to go the extra mile and rectify their experience.”

Cafe Afloat joins a number of other Worcestershire businesses which have closed temporarily in order to tend to their staff.

In October, The Plow in Fish Street temporarily closed for “staff talk,” announcing, “Sorry folks…we’re knocked out.”

And back in the summer, a number of county businesses including The Olive Branch bistro and wine bar, Holt Fleet and Cross Keys pubs and Droitwich’s In Plaice fish bar closed to protect staff in the event of a heat wave.


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