A charity which has taken on a much-loved lakeside café in Cornwall has announced its reopening date.  

Children’s Sailing Trust (CST) has announced this week that they will be reopening Trevassack Lake Café on Tuesday, February 20.

The non-profit charity which owns Trevassack Lake was presented with an opportunity to take control of the café following the departure of the Cornish Food Hub just before Christmas 2023.

However, it was ‘all hands on deck’ for the CST as they tried to figure out a way forward for the café.

Falmouth Packet: Children's Sailing Trust at Trevassack Lake Children's Sailing Trust at Trevassack Lake (Image: Children's Sailing Trust)

Now that the cafe has received a lick of paint and a deep clean, CST is ready to welcome the public back for Origin coffee and cakes. 

Jackie Jewell CEO of Children’s Sailing Trust and its subsidiaries said: “The work the CST team do on a daily basis makes such a difference to so many people.

“Taking the café under the CST wing is a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it, and it involves some fantastic community collaborations along the way.”

The CST team have also been working with Matt of One Blue Eye in Helston. Matt has commissioned some of his work to make the café more sustainable and attractive. Matt has created recycled splashback, kitchen caddies and other creations made from plastic waste. As a thank you, Matt will be using the café walls as an exhibition space to sell his creations.

The theme is sustainability will run throughout the establishment, and CST hopes to build a community kitchen garden as well as source ingredients from a limited mileage within Cornwall.

CST also said it was “beyond excited” to welcome back popular chef Andrei who has worked at the café at Trevassack for some years. A spokesperson said: “CST are beyond excited to welcome back Andrei – everyone’s favourite chef.

“Known for his passion and pride in every plate, there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy his menus and Sunday Roasts, catering for a wider range of people with the same high level of finesse he is known for.”

A special thanks was also given by CST to Tony Chown, a dedicated volunteer who has sanded and oiled all the tables and countertops in the building, and ‘brought them back like new’.

Since it began in 1997, CST has continued to help transform lives through sailing and water sports.

Its mission has been to provide accessible opportunities to empower participants from diverse and deprived backgrounds to acquire life skills. A CST spokesperson said: “Every individual, regardless of their financial circumstances, or physical and mental capabilities, deserves access to the enriching experience that water-based activities provide.”

For more information on Children’s Sailing Trust, visit https://childrenssailingtrust.org.uk/