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Two new cafés open across Crawley

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In a sign of new investment for the town Crawley Council has announced the opening of two new cafés.

The first is a very unique mobile Horsebox takeaway that is being trialled at Worth Park and will be open from the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The takeaway venue has been created and converted from an old horsebox into a new and convenient place to buy food and drinks. It will be open seven days a week from 10am-6pm.

The mobile unit is located at the eastern entrance of Worth Park, close to Milton Mount Community Centre.

Redjotter Ltd will be running the new café, which will be offering a range of good quality food and hot and cold drinks, taking away the need of  organising a picnic and encouraging visitors to the park. 

The horsebox café will have a focus on zero waste, sustainability and community engagement, which fits perfectly with the council’s support of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Please be kind to our local parks’ campaign. Worth Park has formal gardens, a Victorian fountain, an Arboretum, a lake that is surrounded with various types of trees and wild flowers, a meadow for bio-diversity, croquet lawns and a tennis court.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“The new horsebox café at Worth Park is a great idea and will give the visitors of the park a place to relax and enjoy some food or drink. The operator’s aim to improve the environment and engage with visitors is even more reason to celebrate their arrival at one of our wonderful parks.”

For more information about Worth Park visit crawley.gov.uk/worthpark

The second is a new lakeside café that is being trialled at Tilgate Park and will be open in time for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The café will be located beside Tilgate Lake at the eastern corner of the dam wall, near to Fisherman’s car park. The lakeside café will be open seven days a week from 10am-6pm.

The new lakeside café is operated by a mobile concessions company called Dooshy’s.

The new café will be serving a range of hot and cold food catering for a range of dietary requirements including vegan and vegetarian customers from only £4.50 per meal.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“This new café is a great new feature for Tilgate Park as well as being a bonus for its visitors, offering great food and drinks.

“I hope the café’s trial is successful in adding an extra service that attracts visitors and makes their experience at the park even more enjoyable.”  

Tilgate Park is set in 400 acres; its natural landscape boasts woodland, lakes, gardens and lawns. There is also plenty for visitors to enjoy including Tilgate Nature Centre, Go Ape, Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, the Walled Garden Café, Smith and Western restaurant, events in the arena, lake activities with Tilgate Park Watersports Centre and Tilgate Park Fisheries.

For more information about Tilgate Park visit crawley.gov.uk/tilgatepark

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Cllr Brian Quinn and Crawley Mayor champion Broadfield Barton

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It is a welcome sight seeing stores opening across the town again, and none more so than in Broadfield Barton where the towns Mayor and Cllr Guidera met up with Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn to champion the area.

Speaking about the visit Mayor Guidera said:

“I was delighted to be hosted today by almost certainly the most well-known councillor in Crawley, Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn, for a tour of the local small businesses and charity shops at Broadfield Barton. Brian knew everybody (as I expected!) and it was a really enjoyable afternoon spent meeting the people who run the community shops that serve the residents of Broadfield so well.

One older resident stopped us and spoke about how one of the shops had been so helpful during the lockdown, going to great lengths to be able to provide fresh produce that, as we know was running out everywhere back then, so the community had what it needed over the past few, very difficult months. The friendly staff of the Santa Maria cafe, rightly proud of their fabulous Madeiran cooking, were so welcoming and having eaten there many times before I can say if you haven’t been there yet you are missing out!

They have plenty of outdoor seating too! The last place we visited was the newsagents, which is actually a fully stocked convenience store! Again, so welcoming with a great selection, even an American sweets and drinks area! Of course it’s important to mention both the relate charity shop and St Vincent’s do both raise money to serve the local community in their different capacities comma please remember them when you are done eating stuff if you live nearer to them they are very grateful for any support you offer in terms of bric-a-brac donations and clothing.

So, thank you Cllr Quinn, and thank you to all of the people who were so friendly and welcoming today, including the many residents who stopped us for photographs!”

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