What a summer! Uncle Tom Cobley and all!

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As the autumn mists (and rain clouds) begin to descend on Dartmoor, we’re finally taking stock of what’s been a whirlwind summer for the whole team here at the Cafe on the Green.

It’s been a fair few months since our last blog back in July and that’s a reflection of just how busy we’ve been. Not that we’re complaining! 

Alongside traditional café classics, we’ve been upping the ante with our new offerings at breakfast and lunchtime. And Rebecca has continued to have fun experimenting with recipes for scrumptious cakes, perfect for a mid-morning snack or afternoon treat. 

Our outdoor seating area has been put to good use over the summer months as visitors have flocked to our unique corner of Devon to enjoy Dartmoor in all its glory in the sunshine.

Unsurprisingly, one of our busiest days of the year was the annual Widecombe Fair, which always takes place on the second Tuesday of September and attracts visitors from far and wide. This year, it was Tuesday 10th September and - guess what? Yes, the sun was out again.

Along with The Old Inn, we were joint sponsors of ‘The Village Green and Green Activities on Fair Day’. Our normally peaceful Green was a frenzy of activity throughout the day with all sorts of attractions to the soundtrack of the Acoustic Music Stage.

We were kept busy inside the café too. Over the course of the day we served more than 1,000 hot drinks and lots of pasties and cream teas, raising money for the local school by donating 50p to their funds for every cream tea sold.

We feel very lucky to be part of a village with such great community spirit - very much in evidence on Widecombe Fair Day. So, to all our fellow villagers and local businesses, we’d like to say how much we’ve enjoyed this summer with you. And to our customers, we’d like to say a very big thank you for your continued support.

ONE YEAR ON...

Thank you to all our customers who stopped by for a Devon Cream Tea on National Cream Tea Day last Friday (June 28th). It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for an afternoon treat in the sunshine, overlooking our lovely village green. A view we never tire of.

 June was a very special month for us because it marks the first anniversary of our ownership and we really do appreciate all the support and encouragement we’ve received from our loyal customers over those 12 months.

 So, before we steam headlong into July and full-on holiday season, we’d like to reflect (briefly!) on what we’ve achieved in that time.

 The quality of our food and service is always our top priority. With this in mind, we have produced new breakfast and lunch menus, which seem to have gone down well. We have expanded our team and arranged training courses to enhance their skills. We have also made a number of team visits to our suppliers, to build strong relationships with the local producers we love to support and whose ingredients we love to use in our kitchen.

 In the Cafe itself, we have repurposed a formerly neglected corner as a retail area selling West Country produce - a great way to spread the word to tourists about the outstanding food and drink produced here in the South West.

 It was always our aim to establish The Cafe on the Green as a popular ‘hub’ for events which bring the local community together. Our knitting club has become a regular event and we’ve had some brilliant evenings hosting live jazz and folk music.

 We couldn’t have done any of this without your support. Thank you one and all.

 All our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. We are delighted to have featured in a double-page spread in Devon Life magazine, and in other smaller articles in Dartmoor Magazine and The Moorlander. We have also been featured in several blogs on Visit Dartmoor, an organisation we are proud to support, alongside Food & Drink Devon. Last but not least, we received a brilliant review from Dining Devon blogger, Sue Stoneman, who brought her son along for breakfast. 

 To sum up, moving to Dartmoor and taking on The Cafe on the Green has been a real journey of discovery for us both. A steep learning curve too! We are loving our new life in this stunning part of the West Country and look forward to another fun-packed year.

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CHEF JOB AVAILABLE

Are you a chef wanting more sociable hours? Fed up of double shifts and evening work? We are looking for a chef in our busy cafe in the middle of Dartmoor. Experience is not essential but we are more looking for someone who has a passion for food and an open attitude to learn.

The hours may be varied but are sociable as we are open from 10 - 4:30 every day. Required to work weekends and bank holidays and probably needs to drive due to our location.  Pay will be on an hourly rate but is dependent on experience/trial shift. 

Main responsibilities: 

- Prepping food for service/baking cakes and scones for the counter

-Breakfast service in the morning and lunch service in the afternoon 

-Menu planning (we have only been running the cafe for 9 months so the menu is still in development and someone willing to come up with new ideas and experiment is ideal).

-Working well as a team with both the kitchen and FoH staff. 

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The Cafe on the Green Shop

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We are now stocking a wide range of local west country produce in our shop. All the produce is carefully selected, tried and tested to ensure we stock only the finest quality items. We use many of the products on the Cafe menu ranging from the loose leaf tea from ‘Teas me’ and Coffee from ‘Voyager Coffee’ to our Jams and Chutneys from ‘Waterhouse Fayre’ and condiments from ‘The Artisan Malt Vinegar Co’ and ‘The Cornish Ketchup Co’.

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