It looked cheerful and welcoming so I gave it a go. I now know that Paddock School is specifically for children with special educational needs and that the cafe helps them learn professional and life skills.
Not only do students take orders (Rory took mine), serve food and clear up, they also prepare the food, some of which is grown on-site (including the potatoes for that day’s leek & potato soup). Predictably enough I vote with my tastebuds – the home-made hummus was delicious as was the salad – people often get the dressing wrong but not here. Oh yes, the home-made (again) carrot cake , bought as a takeaway only lasted as far as the station platform.
Well, I strongly recommend a visit – I’m sorry I live so far away because I’d definitely become a regular otherwise. The “staff” were all so friendly – nothing beats a big smile and palpable excitement at the task in hand. And they’re getting an allotment soon – how exciting is that!