Café Lido

Café Lido is a community café  now run with a mix of volunteers and paid student helpers, with a full time salaried manager and deputy manager.

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 or staff.

NEW FOR 2019:

During the summer we are  open daily from 9.30am to 5pm right through to the end of September.

Pool users have a separate take out menu

The Café and pool tuck shop are changing to take-away cups and containers which will be either be paper based recyclable or compostable.

The Café is partly run by volunteers, although we  also employ students and provide work experience, including supporting young people and adults with special needs to gain valuable life skills.    As always though, we need lots of volunteers to help keep this wonderful community facility running,  so if you can spare a few hours for an occasional or regular shift please contact Lynda on 07787 538380 or email 

For current volunteers you can contact Rachel or Sam,  or book your shifts direct on


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 £40 per hour, with licensed bar if required.   For further information please contact Rachel on 073 774 01719 or email:


Summer (from 1 April  to 29 September 2018)

Every day from 9.30am to 5:00 pm

Autumn (from 30 September to 2 November)

Closed Monday and Tuesday


3 November to 15 December:  Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Closed from 16 December for Christmas and New Year. 



Every Wednesday 8.00pm. Featuring Rock’n’Roll Bingo.
Bar opens 7.30. Cash prizes – Teams of up to 6. Entry fee – £1.00 per person.

Next Open Mic night is scheduled for Friday 22 February
8.00 till Late – Bar opens 7.30.