Ian Waller and his wife Ellen enjoy a breakfast treat at a popular community cafe

You know what, we deserved a treat… Three kids all of to school, pretty much on time… again… plus the house is still standing and the cats haven’t quite gone feral yet. If just getting through the daily grind everyday isn’t enough to warrant the occasional indulgence, well, we were going to do it anyway.

The 3 Cafe and Kitchen is a great place at any time for a visit, and now fully open again after the lockdown shenanigans. Situated right next to Three Ways, a wonderful school for children with a range of additional needs, it’s a community cafe that offers work experience opportunities for some of students from school. Open Monday to Friday from 8am-3.30pm, it’s perfect for a few minutes’ peace or to meet with friends.

With the weather clear, we chose to make the most of the outside seating area, although there is plenty of indoor seating too. In fact, you can even book out the space for community events. While the menu’s not extensive, there’s still plenty to choose from and it’s all cooked fresh on site by the students and the full-time cafe managers and staff.

We all need the occasional treat and the 3 Cafe breakfast roll certainly hits the mark

We both went for the egg and bacon rolls – well, I did say it was a treat – complete with an Americano with oat milk and a good old cup of tea. As an alternative for breakfast, we could have gone for the cinnamon swirls or pain au chocolat – both very tempting. The lunchtime menu, meanwhile, included jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings, tart of the day, homemade sausage rolls, homemade soup and a selection of toasted sandwiches, alongside sandwiches and a range of frankly delicious looking cakes.

Throughout our visit, the service was superb – efficient, professional and friendly, and a real credit to the students and staff. Khia (pictured at the top), our waitress for the visit, was full of smiles and clearly working hard to make sure our visit was as successful as possible. What’s more, the sandwiches were just job, a tasty indulgence that certainly set the day off well. It’s great to be able to support a local enterprise such as the 3 Cafe and Kitchen which carries out both a service for the local community while also helping the students from Three Ways learn valuable lessons while working towards an independent life and future employment.

Now it’s your turn to give yourself a treat. Go on, you deserve it. And the 3 Cafe and Kitchen is the perfect place for a few minutes me-time and some good food too…