The Shop and Cafe at Crowle was opened in October 2018 and is a community enterprise – created and owned by the community, run by enthusiastic and committed volunteers who aim to provide a warm welcome to everyone… not just ‘locals’ but all visitors such as walkers, cyclists, tradespeople and others who may be just passing through.
As well as offering exciting local products and ‘convenience’ top-up shopping, the Shop and Café are a focal point for the community – a great place to meet friends and chat.
All this available 6 days a week with free car parking and wi-fi.
Coronavirus Update – 12.4.21
Shop local – shop safely!
Following the recent launch of the Government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’, we are making some changes to opening arrangements at The Shop & Cafe from Monday 12 April.
Number of customers in The Shop
From 12 April we are increasing the number of customers permitted in The Shop to 2 customers at a time (+ children under 10 or with special needs from the same household)at a time. However, we are asking that customers shop alone if at all possible.
Please abide by all the Government guidelines including 2m social distancing and wearing face coverings whilst on The Shop premises (inside and outside), and please follow these procedures:
- Join the queue outside and when prompted by a Volunteer please enter the Shop wearing a face covering (unless exempted)
- Use the hand sanitiser by the Shop door before entering
- Follow the one-way system in the Shop as per the arrows on the floor
We are reopening the Café outside seating area from 12 April (subject to any Government changes in the meantime). The inside Café will remain closed.
- The outside seating area (and the re-opened customer toilet) will be available for use by Café customers only
- Groups of no more than 6 people (‘the rule of 6’) or 2 households may meet at the seating area
- Customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’); payment will be taken at the kitchen window hatch
- We will require all members (over 16 years of age) of each party using the seating area to provide their contact details to assist NHS Test and Trace.
Many of the usual favourites are available to take away too including cakes, savouries, sweets and ice-creams together with our full range of hot and cold drinks.
We also take orders….
- concerned about contact
- needing more than you can carry…or
- just keen to reserve your favourite products?
Then place an order!
How to place an order at The Shop:-
You can either:
- If you do not have access to email, phone your order to The Shop on 01905 381416.
We will confirm the collection time by phone, and notify you if any items are not available. Orders need to be paid for before collection, which we will take by card on the phone.
*Orders for specific products need to be made by certain days and before 11am to be included in our order to the Supplier to be delivered on the specified day – further details are provided in the Order Form.
And we can deliver!
If you live within 4 miles of The Shop and are at higher risk from coronavirus, or are unable to leave home for health reasons, we can deliver your order, just ask us for more details including cost when placing an order.
Click here to download the latest copy of our assessment of the risks of COVID-19 in The Shop and the measures we are taking to mitigate those risks and protect our Customers and Volunteers.
Thanks everyone and stay safe.
The Shop at Crowle has been selected as a Midlands Regional Finalist for the Countryside Alliance’s “Rural Oscars” in the Village Shop/Post Office Category and as a finalist for the Plunkett Foundation’s 2019 Rural Community Business Awards in the category of ‘Investing in Local People’!
We are extending!
We are very pleased to announce that a planning application has been submitted to extend The Shop.
The extension will be to the east side of The Shop (where the current Bin Store is located) and extend the Shop by c.3m. Subject to planning consent being granted and all being well we hope to complete the extension by late summer 2021.
The extension will enable us to extend the retail and cafe areas and improve our back of house areas with a larger office, storeroom and lockable lobby with new exterior door for deliveries.
Please click here to view the plan.
The Shop is situated adjacent to the Village’s main Community Hub and Facilities including the Parish Hall, Playing Field, Playground, Tennis Courts and Bowls Green. Our full address and directions are available at the foot of this page, for further information regarding the other facilities and hire of the excellent Hall please click here.
Opening Hours of the Shop & Cafe*
Monday – Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sundays/Bank Holidays: Closed
Cafe (Outside Tables only):
Monday – Friday: 9.00am to 4.15pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 12.45pm
Sundays/Bank Holidays: Closed
*May vary from time to time – please check our Social Media updates or contact us
Food Hygiene Rating of 5
In December 2019 following a visit by Worcester Regulatory Services, their Inspector awarded us a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 “very good” – the highest rating that can be achieved!
Services from The Shop
We provide a second-hand book exchange, a community notice board, advertising opportunities for local businesses (click here for further details and rates), tickets for local events and accessible toilets for customers.
Your feedback please!
We’d love to hear what you like about the Shop and what you think we could do better or differently. Please speak to any volunteer, or use the suggestions book in the Shop, or contact our Manager, Carolyn Bull, as below.