News from East Midlands Trains

25.09.2017

Full steam ahead at Newark Castle as Carriages Cafe opens its doors for business

  • New steam punk style cafe offers a unique range of hot and cold breakfast and lunch items
  • Special community initiatives planned, including weekly community cafes
  • Environmentally friendly cafe offering free water refills and recyclable coffee flasks

East Midlands Trains passengers and Newark residents can look forward to a whole host of tasty food and drink with the official opening of the new bistro style cafe, Carriages, at Newark Castle station.

The new cafe will be open every Monday to Friday from 0700-1700 and on Saturdays from 0800-1600.   Carriages will offer a wide variety of breakfast choices for every palate. Options including a hearty full English, a simple continental breakfast to a healthy snack using locally sourced produce where possible. The lunch menu holds further delights for vegetarians and meat-eaters with offerings such as home made turkey burger, halloumi burger, accompanied by a special mix of roast and sweet potatoes as well as fresh salads and jacket potatoes and an array of sandwiches, paninis and pastries. Carriages is fully licensed and will be offering a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

The cafe, which holds up to 70 people, is styled in a ‘Steampunk’ theme offering a glimpse into past railway life and the modern railway age. It is located in the renovated platform building at Newark Castle Station.

This new venture, owned by Wendy Baird, will also play a crucial role in its local community.   As well as becoming a local meeting point for residents, it will also play host to a weekly community cafe on the third Wednesday of each month, where a three course meal is available for just £3.  The scheme, which is part of the FareShare programme, aims to fight hunger and tackle food waste using good leftover food from supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste, which is distributed and used by partner charities, such as Carriages, to help feed those who need it. The scheme will also allow people to contribute money towards a meal for somebody who may not be able to afford it.

Owner Wendy Baird, who has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, said: “We’re so excited about this new venture and my grateful thanks go to Suzie Jones who not only made me aware of the opportunity but also designed and created the fabulous decor.

“Having recently moved to Newark, I know there’s a strong sense of community here and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of residents and rail passengers as we turn Carriages into a real community hub. Whilst a station cafe plays an important role in feeding and watering commuters and leisure travellers every day, our vision is for Carriages to become so much more than that and become a real part of the community here.”

Carriages will also be focused on reducing its environmental impact and will be encouraging regular visitors to buy one of the special flasks available in return for a regular discount on tea and coffee and will also be doing free refills of water. No plastic bottles will be used at Carriages, and special recycling bins have now been installed at the station to make it more environmentally friendly.

Sarah Turner, General Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Carriages to Newark Castle Station. Wendy’s vision for a community hub, coupled with the strong environmental initiatives, made her the first choice for this new cafe and we’re pleased to be using the station for such a worthy initiative.  It completely ties in with our vision to make our stations part of their local community. 

“I think Carriages will become extremely popular with both East Midlands Trains customers and our own staff and we wish Wendy and her team all the very best with this new venture.”

Carriages will also be available for private functions day and evening. It boasts facilities that can accommodate events such as weddings, business meetings and conferences. For more information or for events coming up, contact Wendy on 07577 898222. Alternatively contact Carriages via Facebook at Carriages Cafe @newarkcastlestation.