Taste Test: Caffi Cwtch, Nightingale Night Hospice, Wrexham


Jamie Bowman

A HOSPICE isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when deciding on where to eat out, but then Wrexham’s Caffi Cwtch seems determined to confound expectations.

Open to the public on September 29, the new cafe is located in the grounds of Nightingale House Hospice and is actually attached to the existing building.

The cafe will be a main revenue raiser for the hospice on Chester Road and judging by the packed tables when I popped in one afternoon for lunch, the charity is set to benefit greatly by this cracking new community hub.

The space itself is charming with sun streaming in through the large windows and fashionable ‘shabby-chic’ vintage tables and chairs dotted around the airy surroundings.

A seasonal menu of cakes, pastries and hearty looking sandwiches immediately catches the eye as do the prices which are very reasonable with the lunch menu also offering some hearty alternatives such as steak and ale pie, homemade Scotch eggs and smoked haddock.

To be honest I could have chosen anything off the menu and thankfully there was an option for ditherers like me in the form of the Welsh tapas platter which included all manner of goodies including Snowdonia cheddar, Glamorgan sausage and homemade chicken liver pate.

The platter was the most expensive thing on the menu at £7.95, but it still seemed very reasonable when a huge plate of delicious food turned up with some added onion rings for good measure.

All of it tasted fresh and was served by one of the many dedicated and charming volunteers who work at the cafe.

My far less greedy dining partner went for a simple bowl of penne pasta with cheese and tomato sauce (£2.95) and to his credit he didn’t once try and steal any of my dish despite the fact that I could tell he was envious.

Both meals were washed down with huge wedges of the many home made cakes for sale with coffee and walnut and red velvet our selections (£2.25 each) alongside large cups of the cafe’s aromatic coffees, responsibly sourced from Coffee 1652.

With decades of experience and a fantastic career that has taken him around the world, perhaps it’s no surprise that  award-wining head chef Peter Jackson is doing an excellent job helping the hospice raise the £7,700 it needs to run every day.

Long may he continue.

How it rated:

  • Ambience 8/10
  • Service 8/10
  • Food quality 8/10
  • Children welcome - yes
  • Disabled access - yes

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