THE cafe at one of Wirral’s most beloved parks has reopened and was forced to close during the pandemic is once again welcoming visitors.
The Courtyard cafe in Royden Park in Frankby has been refurbished and officially reopened by Mayor Cllr Jeff Green after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although overseen by the council’s theatre, catering and hospitality team, the cafe is largely made up of service users supported by the council’s adult social services team at Wirral and Wirral Evolutions, the council day center service provider.
The cafe serves locally sourced food and beverages on its menu and minimizes the use of single-use plastics (SUPs) as much as possible.
The exterior of the Courtyard cafe. Photo: Council of Wirral
All takeaway product packaging is compostable or biodegradable, meaning it can be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
He hopes to add homemade cakes to the menu very soon as part of his commitment to serving local produce.
A unique partnership involving a number of city teams and a service provider provides refreshments, training and reduced carbon emissions at the cafe.
According to Wirral Evolutions staff – all of whom have physical and learning disabilities – working at the Courtyard provides them with an open and lively environment in which they can learn new skills, build confidence and gain valuable work experience.
And Royden Park also benefits – as well as attracting visitors, any excess income generated from running the cafe will be plowed back into the park itself.
Cllr Yvonne Nolan, chair of the Wirral Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “It’s great that these kinds of innovative programs for people with disabilities, such as the Best Bites program, are still going on. of development in Wirral.
“I am delighted that Royden Park Cafe is working with Wirral Evolutions to bring great service, great refreshments and great opportunities to our customers.”
Cllr Liz Grey, chair of the authority’s environment, climate emergency and transport committee, added: “Royden Park’s courtyard cafe has always been a big attraction for visitors before lockdown and it’s exciting to see it reopen in a way that delivers real environmental and social value.
“It’s also great that other projects taking place in the park can benefit from any excess income the cafe may generate.”