The North Woolwich area of the Royal Docks is lucky to have a fair-sized riverside park which is a good location to watch boats on the river or to enjoy the changing colours of the season and amongst the many amenities there is a building with the sign “Tea Room” above a serving hatch – having passed by on many occasions the shutters had always been firmly closed.
However, today all that changed. In an initiative being led by the Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre (a North Woolwich based community charity) with support from Newham Council a pop-up community cafe was established in the park – only open for a few hours today but open again tomorrow from 11am serving a variety of food and drink.
Once the shutters had been opened (thanks to a helping hand from some guys from the locally based Fight for Peace club) it was time to set up for business.
These two days are to test the concept to see if there is the demand for such a facilities and if there is enough support and interest then the community cafe could become a regular feature of park life in North Woolwich which would be a great community asset alongside the growing community market initiative.
There were quite a few customers and even more people were made aware of the initiative – the key will be getting enough demand from the community to make the venture sustainable.
As I was there it would have been rude not to try Veggie fried noodles which were very good (as demonstrated by the fact I took some home with me!!) and it was nice to be able to have a cup of tea in the park.
I wish the venture success and hope that the community and local organisations get behind the venture to help spread the word as North Woolwich needs these facilities.
Keep an eye on the RDLAC twitter feed for details of openings times and locations.