A village church and community centre near Warrington has opened its own cafe to serve parishioners and other locals.
Olive Branch Coffee Shop was created by Penketh Methodist Church & Olive Tree Community Centre, which occupies a prominent site on the main road through Penketh village near Warrington.
Catering supervisor Edna Owen explained that rising footfall had put existing facilities under strain, and that a proper cafe was expected to become a valuable asset to the church and community centre.
“We get lots of customers from the community but also plenty of passers-by,” recalled Mrs Owen. “Local businesses hire the rooms for meetings and conferences, so we often provide lunches for them too.”
Now the Olive Branch Coffee Shop is open four days a week and, according to catering supervisor Edna Owen, it’s busy all the time.
The kitchen for the new cafe was installed Fiswal Catering Equipment of St Helens, which specified True Refrigeration fridges and freezers, which Owen described as “very easy to clean”.
“We shop twice a week and fill up the fridge and freezer. The True cabinets have to be able to keep temperature when we’re busy, and be totally reliable when the cafe is shut,” she said.
The two True units at The Olive Branch are a T19E fridge and a T19FZ freezer. These single door, compact uprights, 686mm wide by 623mm deep and 1995mm high, have a storage capacity of 538 litres and are fitted with four shelves.