The café is attached to Scunthorpe Bowls Club in Scunthorpe and provides drinks, snacks and lunches for Bowls Club members and guests. There are also regular Match Day meals when visiting bowling clubs attend for a two course set meal. This can involve catering for up to fifty guests.
The Bookends team is led by Mel and Anna, and pupils from Demeter House attend for varying periods of time throughout the week. The pupils are involved in all aspects of the work at the cafe, and are given the chance to serve customers and prepare food on a daily basis. On Match Days it is a case of ‘all hands on deck’ and this requires the pupils and staff to work as a team under pressure in order to cater for the demands of large groups of diners. The café is a business and is very much a working environment and as such it provides an opportunity for pupils to sample employment in the catering business whilst also receiving help and support from the school.
The pupils are also studying for a related NVQ in Food and Beverage Service, completing the required written work and practical experience whilst at the café.