Café Lido

Café Lido is a community café run entirely by volunteers.

Following the departure of the last tenants of the café premises, a group of volunteers from the Open Air Pool came together and discussed the possibility of a community café run “in house” by volunteers for the benefit and upkeep of the pool. We submitted a business plan to the Board of Trustees of the pool and in early 2016 we were delighted to hear that we had been given the go ahead. Café Lido was born.

We opened on 23 April 2016, both to swimming pool users and to visitors to the sea front and lake grounds.

Our ethos is to be an inclusive café and to offer a variety of drinks and snacks, ice creams, cakes, fresh fruit, light meals and tuck shop sweets, as well as pool related merchandise.  Our coffee and teas are all Fairtrade and much of our stock is sourced from local suppliers. We aim to provide quality products at affordable prices to suit a range of tastes.  If there is something you would like us to stock please mention it to one of our volunteers.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Café Lido and look forward to welcoming you back.

Café Lido relies on volunteers so if you would like to join us please contact Lynda on 07787 538380 or email 

For current volunteers you can contact Lynda or book your shifts direct on


Café Lido our vibrant community café is currently run by volunteers supplemented by a small number of students.  We are currently seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic salaried manager.

The successful candidate will oversee the daily running of the community café and liaise with the Trustees to further develop this successful facility. Good interpersonal and organisational skills are essential.

This is a permanent annualised hours contract.

Salary £17,000 – £19,000.  April – October 40 hours per week. November – March 15 hours per week.

For further information download the job specification.

Applications by letter and CV to:

Rachel Manning, Café Lido, Esplanade Road, Portishead, BS20 7HD

or   by 5.00 pm, 12th January 2018.

Closing date for applications: 12th January 2018 at 5.00pm


Café Hire and Bookings:

We accept table bookings for groups, meetings etc and the Café is also available for exclusive private hire outside of opening hours (see below) at a rate of £36 per hour, with licensed bar if required.   For further information please contact Rachel on 078 878 03220 or email:

Opening Hours: 

Summer (from 1 April 2017)

Every day from 9.30am to 5:00 pm


(from Monday 2 October 2017)

Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

(from 1 November 2017)

Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm)



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