High House Production Park Café Opens

The High House Production Park and South Essex College are pleased to announce the opening of the Coachman’s Café, which opened its doors for business on the 3rd May 2011.

The café, which is run by South Essex College Apprentices, offers an array of hot and cold drinks, snacks, light lunches and other beverages to people visiting the Production Park as well as providing catering facilities for workers based at the site.

Ron Wyatt Goodwin, Head of Commercial Services, South Essex College, said: “This is our second commercial venture in Thurrock and will again provide more apprenticeships and give young people a real commercial catering experience whilst also providing great food, service and value to the local community.”

The facility will provide four full time apprenticeships for local students seeking to establish careers in the food and catering industries.

To celebrate the opening, High House Production Park and South Essex College offered a free cup of tea or coffee (or glass of orange squash for children) to local Purfleet residents who visited the café on Saturday 7th May.

The café overlooks the open courtyard, which forms part of the refurbished High House Farm Buildings serving the site. The café is adjacent to the picnic area and 1.1 acre walled garden which includes an orchard and green open space as well as a vegetable garden, designed and maintained by local volunteers.

The High House Production Park’s transformation from a derelict and decaying farmstead to a modern training, production, and community facility is progressing well. The Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop opened in January 2011 and work to construct the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills is now underway.

Will McKee, Chairman of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, said: “I am delighted that the Coachman’s Café has opened on the Production Park. This facility adds to the range of services available at the Park and will further establish the Park as an important community asset.

“The High House Production Park is a strategically important development for Thurrock. It provides an exciting home for creative and cultural businesses and local people with accessible community facilities as well as important training and job opportunities.”

The Café will be open between 09.30 and 16.30 – Tuesday to Saturday, and is run and managed by South Essex College.

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