Betteshanger Cafe under new management

Visitors to Betteshanger Park, near Deal, will be able to enjoy a whole new range of food and drink at the onsite café which will be officially reopening under new management on Friday, February 9th.

Deal-based Lauren Mackenzie, business partner in local business Lillyroo’s, will be taking over the management and day-to-day operations of the busy café with the aim of offering high quality, healthy food and great service.

Having worked in the catering industry for the past eight years, Lauren brings a vast amount of experience to the new venture. She studied and trained locally at East Kent College, polished her skills at Buckingham Palace and has worked as a Pastry Chef.

Lauren joined family business Lillyroo’s, an eco-friendly café in a converted Volkswagen campervan, three years ago. The fully-licenced mobile café has been a huge success, serving artisan pastries, freshly ground coffees and fine teas at a range of events and private functions around Kent. Lillyroo’s become a regular and welcome feature at Betteshanger’s biggest events during 2017.

The experienced manager and her team will re-launch the Betteshanger Café with a new menu focusing on fresh and healthy food, using as many local suppliers and producers as possible. The offer will include a range of quality hot and cold meals, snacks, homemade cakes, finest tea (including teapigs), locally roasted coffee and cold drinks in a relaxed setting with access to free wifi.

Whether visitors are looking for a family friendly café, a refuelling point after a cycle or walk or simply fancy a good coffee and slice of homemade cake, the new owners plan to provide a friendly, welcoming space at the heart of the busy Park.

Lauren explains: “This was a fantastic opportunity and one we just couldn’t say no to. The café has such huge potential. 2018 is set to be a busy and exciting year for our new partnership with Betteshanger. We’re looking forward to meeting our customers, both old and new, over the coming weeks.”

Lauren continued: “We understand that provenance of food is important and we will be recognising this in the new menu. We will sourcing much of our produce locally, including quality butchers, bakers and ice cream.”

The café will employ five staff that are all from the local area, fitting with the project-wide ethos of the Betteshanger Park development to support the local economy through employment.

Richard Morsley, Betteshanger Sustainable Parks Director, said: “We have taken proactive steps to improve the quality of the offer across the Betteshanger site and we are excited to be working in partnership with Lauren and her team on this new venture. Our café is always one of the most popular places on the Park and are pleased to be able to offer our visitors a new range of healthy food options. Betteshanger is all about enjoying the outdoors, being energised and active and the food offered through the café will now match with the brand values and aspirations for the future developments of the Park. We’re in no doubt that the café changes will complement the wider offer on the Park and be welcomed by visitors old and new.”

Located within Betteshanger Park, on the outskirts of Deal, the café is open from 9am every day of the week, with new extended opening times from 8am at weekends. The Lillyroo’s VW van will also be onsite during busy weekends and special events, extending the offer into the wider park.

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Picture caption (L-R): Lauren Mackenzie and Richard Morsley