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The Engine Shed is now closed. We have left these original pages of the website as a record of our work.


Our vegetarian café is very much at the heart of the Engine Shed and offers great food in a friendly and lively setting.  Vegan options are always available.

Great Food

Lunchtime is very popular at the café with soup, quiche, baked potatoes, salads, and desserts available every day.  There is always a choice of two main courses, which change daily and include long-time favourites such as stir fry vegetables with tofu and rice, or nut balls in tomato sauce with pasta.  Toasties and home bakes are also available throughout the day as well as top quality teas, coffee and soft drinks.  We use our own bread, scones, cakes and tray-bakes as much as possible on the café menu as well as our own organic tofu.

Our trainees work alongside staff to prepare the food, serve customers, clear tables and wash up.  Working with the public in a busy, lively environment helps our young people gain confidence and mature, and their presence contributes to the café’s unique atmosphere.

What our Customers Say

The café consistently attracts praise from the press and public alike.  The List Eating and Drinking Directory calls it a ‘quiet little gem’ with ‘great value home-made food’.

Our many regulars, such as Pamela who has been meeting up with her friend Llewella here for over two decades, agree.  Pamela says they keep coming because, ‘it’s pleasant, it’s cheerful and it’s good value’.