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Steamer’s Cafe is a small, volunteer run cafe located within the Charles Burrell Museum. Although the cafe itself is situated on the top floor of the building we do have seating areas downstairs & our staff are happy to take your order & deliver your food directly to your table should you require it. Along with hot & cold drinks we always have a selection of homemade cakes on offer, plus our ever popular cheese or bacon toasties. We also cater for customers that require Gluten Free options as well as Vegetarians & Vegans. All our staff have a Safer Food Handling certificate to a minimum of level 2 & we take great pride in the quality of the food we serve. Please be aware, we stop serving hot food half an hour before closing time.
From our Volunteer Helen…My own volunteering story starts in September 2018.Earlier in the year I had lost my husband to a very quick, aggressive cancer and my life had just stopped. I was in a very dark place mentally and any thought of a future for myself at that time was way beyond my reach.It was at this point that my brother told me that the Charles Burrell Museum was looking for volunteers and, knowing of my lifelong love of all things steam, suggested I should go along.I went for an initial chat and ended up staying all day.Not only did I find the Museum a fascinating place, but the volunteers were so friendly and made me feel so welcome that I by the end of that first visit I was hooked.Since then I have been volunteering in the Steamer’s Cafe within the Museum, although I have no problem with helping wherever I’m needed and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty during closed season when there are no cups of tea to make!Being a part of the Museum has literally changed my life, we are a great team and more than that, we are a family.To anyone thinking of joining us as a volunteer my advice would be “do it!” You don’t need any special skills or qualifications, just a desire to help keep this historic building and its exhibits going for future generations.Personally, I can’t recommend it highly enough!