A ‘hidden gem’ of a bistro offers free breakfasts as part of a Breakfast Club that aims to tackle isolation and loneliness. The Coffee Roast, located in the picturesque Vale Park in New Brighton, is loved for its top quality food, cakes, ice creams and coffee but also does some wonderful work in the community behind the scenes.
The Coffee Roast is open 7 days a week throughout the summer, offering breakfasts from 10am, a wide range of lunch meal deals from burgers to wraps, a huge selection of delicious homemade cakes with lots of vegan options and fascinating flavours of ice cream. The beautiful little gem off the beaten track also serves sensational coffee.
Soon to celebrate its 5th birthday, there aren’t many bistros around located in such an idyllic setting and people love it for both its quality and location — however not everyone is aware of the sterling work they do in the community. The Breakfast Club is one of the many community outreach projects that The Coffee Roast offers.
In collaboration with The Cheshire Freemasons, The Coffee Roast’s Breakfast Club runs every Monday, Tuesday and Friday morning from 7.45am until 8.45am during term time — offering free breakfasts to people in order to combat isolation and loneliness. The club has been very successful and new friendships have been formed from it.
The Coffee Roast’s Richard Pitt said: “During lockdowns we gave out 3,500 free fish and chips meals to people via socially distanced doorstep visits as a way to check in on people. During those times, people suffered from isolation, loneliness and mental health issues but there’s still an overspill of that today, coupled with the cost of living crisis. It’s hard out there.”
Richard continued: “The idea of our Breakfast Club is to help combat these issues and get people out socialising. It’s not a ‘hand out’ — it’s a free service for anyone that aims to bring the community together and encourage human connection in a difficult climate. We do well at The Coffee Roast due to our quality and, of course, our stunning location, so we feel it’s so important to give back.”
During the pandemic, The Coffee Roast also gave out £7,200 worth of vouchers to schools for families to spend at the venue throughout the summer. Another incredible initiative, it bridged a gap when families were struggling and they will be doing this again through the 2023 summer holidays. Outside of the summer, they have a free craft club every Thursday from 5pm — where more free meals are given out.
Richard said: “Everyone knows us as that nice little cafe in the beautiful park that serves breakfast, lunch, cakes, ice cream and coffee. Not many people know that we do so much for the community though. To be honest, it’s not something we’ve really shouted about — we just do what we do to make the world a better place.”
The Coffee Roast is also known for its Breakfast Challenge — where people who complete a gargantuan four in one breakfast in 20 minutes eats for free along with their table. The challenge was successfully completed by the legendary Beard Meats Food, although to date he is only one of two people to have won.
Vale Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Wirral — a delightful little pocket of paradise just off New Brighton promenade with a fairy glen, a bandstand, a play area and the Vale House hub. The Coffee Roast at Vale Park is one of the best bistros around, both for quality and location, but it’s their community work that truly puts them on another level.
The Coffee Roast recently joined forces with The Black Pearl (Major and Sue), Joytime, and Wirral Council to re-form the Friends Of Vale Park group — resulting in the park receiving a prestigious Green Flag Award. They are currently planning some big things for the park for the future.
Richard summarised: “We’ll soon be celebrating 5 years here in Vale Park and we absolutely love what we do. We must’ve served thousands of people here over the past few years and we get so busy in the summer! The things we do for the community are just our way of giving back and saying thank you. Without our community we wouldn’t be here.”
The Coffee Roast is located at Vale House in Vale Park and offers breakfasts, a wide range of lunch meal deals from burgers to wraps, a huge selection of delicious homemade cakes with lots of vegan options and fascinating flavours of ice cream. The Breakfast Club with free breakfasts takes place between 7.45am and 8.45am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Coffee Roast / Vale House, Vale Park, New Brighton, CH45 1LZ / 0151 639 6599
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