Students on a catering course at Nescot have begun their fourth year of holding a travelling café at two churches in the community.
People studying Introduction to Hospitality and Catering, an Entry Level 2 course offered by the college’s Preparation for Life and Work department, visit St John’s in Stoneleigh on Fridays and St Mary’s in Ewell on Tuesdays.
The students spend the mornings preparing food, from salads and jacket potatoes to cakes, before packing it up and serving it at a low cost at the churches.
“It’s a great experience for the students, because they get to do everything from cooking to setting up a café and serving customers,” said tutor Sandra Eversfield.
“It helps the students to build their confidence, communication skills and teamwork as well. The churches are really supportive of the students, and we know the regular customers enjoy the cafes too.”
Student Ritesh Lallbeharry, 19, said: “I especially like chopping the spring onions and doing the washing up, and I really like meeting people at the café.”