New cafe opens in Colne park

Cafe opening
Cafe opening

Visitors to Alkincoats Park in Colne now have somewhere to stop for a drink and a bite to eat ... thanks to local chef Jan Raven.

Jan opened her new café, Green’s, in the pavilion building in the park on Friday.

It will be open seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Jan, who used to run The Cabin in Barley, will be serving up a full menu of home-made food. And some dishes on Jan’s menu are based on old Lancashire favourites, such as stew and hard.

She said: “I’m using good quality, locally sourced ingredients in my dishes. There’ll be weekly specials as well as home-made cakes and soups every day.

“I’m excited about opening up in the park. I feel I’m offering a service, not just to people who visit the park but for nearby residents too.

“I hope they’ll come into the park on their doorstep to sample my menu.”

As well as meals and snacks, the café will offer good quality coffee and speciality teas, plus Slater’s ice creams for those hot summer days.

Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who represents parks in Pendle, said: “It’s been a while since we had a café in Alkincoats Park. I’m really pleased that Jan approached us about opening up the café through a franchise arrangement.

“She’s offering visitors to the park something extra when they visit, which will hopefully attract more people into the park to walk, play, relax and have fun.

“Research has shown that spending time outdoors is really good for our wellbeing, particularly helping us escape the stresses and strains of modern life. I wish Jan well in her business venture.”

Jan timed the opening of her café to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee weekend – and she had plenty of Jubilee artwork up in the café for her customers to admire.

She said: “I’m working with three local primary schools on a competition to design a poster to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“All the children’s artwork will be up in the café during June and my customers will have the chance to vote for their favourites.”

The winners will be presented with prizes in next month.

Jan also has plans to use the meeting room next door to the café for a mother and toddler group and a book club.