The old Deiniol Cafe at the Deiniol Shopping Centre on Bangor High Street sat empty for as long as anyone can remember. It’s finally reopened, thanks to a collaboration between Bangor Cathedral, the City of Bangor and the university – and it’s bringing an interesting business model with it.
While there’s certainly no shortage of places to eat in Bangor, from run-of-the-mill fast food chains and traditional chippies to trendy new eateries with an emphasis on healthy and meat-free options, you can never really have too much choice; especially in a small city with a large student population.
What’s interesting, and dare we say different, about the new Bangor Fair-Price Cafe in the heart of the city’s shopping area is a business model which puts an emphasis on affordable prices and zero food waste – a model which may become widespread throughout the UK over the next few years, if public demand for ‘commerce with a conscience’ continues to grow.
The cafe opened in April, billing itself as a ‘community space based around food at a fair price, locally sourced and with zero food waste’. Further, the cafe’s aim is to ‘provide tasty food, well presented, in a peaceful pleasant setting’.
Bangor Cathedral’s Nathan Jarvis says, on the cafe’s Facebook page: “We wanted to create a place of hospitality and welcome in the city that was more that [sic] a cafe, and more than a community space. Combining the two seems to be offering something that Bangor needs. We have several groups interested in using the space (as well as lots of customers who knew it as a cafe years ago) for various activities such as a sewing club, a venue for a men’s friendship breakfast, an after-school snack club for kids, a place for therapeutic communities to meet and the list goes on and on. We are very exited [sic] about the possibilities!’
Staffed by volunteers, the cafe serves a good variety of hot and cold drinks (a pot of tea is £1.50, a glass of juice £1.20) and a mouth-watering selection of cakes and pastries, as well as daily specials which have recently included waffles with maple syrup.
For more information, please contact Bangor Fair-Price Cafe through its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Bangor-Fair-Price-Cafe-626560447814595