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New menu and children’s play area a hit at Ropetackle Café

Ropetackle Café, at the heart of our award-winning arts centre, has launched a brand new menu that’s already a hit within the community.

With new specials, vegetarian and vegan options and even milkshakes for special diets, there’s something for everyone. Any profits from the café go directly to the Ropetackle registered charity, to re-invest in our exceptional programme of events.

Café manager and trained chef Jodie Newland-Doyle said: “The Ropetackle Café has always been popular but I’m really pleased to be able to add my own special touches to the new menu.  Our daily soups and specials are created from fresh seasonal produce, and our extended range of scrumptious cakes are going down a treat. We are already getting fantastic feedback from customers and visiting performers too.”

New dishes include hot or cold Buddha Bowls – packed with fresh salad or vegetables – living up to the Gold Award standard that we have been awarded in the Eat Out Eat Well scheme, that recognises caterers offering healthy options.

A new child-friendly area in the café gives busy parents and carers space to relax while children are occupied with toys, books and drawing.

Shoreham mum and café customer Lucy Cable, said: “Ropetackle has a really nice atmosphere. The café is very accessible so it’s easy to bring the pushchair in. When I bring my older the daughter in she always goes straight for the books. It’s reasonably priced and we like the teacakes. If I’m in Shoreham I never go anywhere else for coffee.” 

Brenda Hillman, who organises a biannual Shoreham school reunion, chose Ropetackle Café to meet friends.

“We are always made to feel very welcome here,” she said, “and there is a lovely ambience. Our reunion gets bigger every year and everything about this place suits us.”

The café is open 10am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays when there is a special event. Some evening performances also offer a pre-show supper from local caterer Lesley’s Kitchen.

Singer and BBC radio broadcaster Clare Teal urged the audience at her Ropetackle show to try one of the pre-show suppers that she had enjoyed, adding: “It’s really important to support local arts centres such as Ropetackle. They do great things here.”

Founding trustee Anne Hodgson said: “As well as enjoying a great cup of coffee, the community can feel good about the fact that by coming to Ropetackle Café, they are helping to support this much-loved independent venue.”

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