Steve and Pete opened the Upton Cafe next to the Working Mens Club two months ago and have already established a great reputation for inexpensive home cooking in what is proving to be a much needed focal point for the local community. At noon today, when I called by, the spacious cafe was nearly full with folk looking for lunch.
Originally from Corfe Castle, Steve spent thirty years working on the oil rigs until he was finally laid off following an incident in Azerbaijan. His long-time pal, Pete, meanwhile, had spent most of his working life in the catering trade. The two often used to go out for breakfast and when Steve came back to Upton for good, they decided to fill a much needed void in local life and start a business together in what was formerly the social club’s snooker room.
Steve and Pete wanted to provide a community service: somewhere that anyone could venture into without feeling intimidated. As Pete reminded me, there are a lot of elderly people living in Upton, many of whom have become regulars dropping in for a cup of tea and a chat. They also have a mothers’ group who use the venue and this coming Sunday, a group of twenty folk are due for a roast dinner. At £6 each, with a selection of three meats, it’s not hard to see why they’ve chosen this welcoming venue. Pete and Steve have even taken their first bookings for Christmas lunch!
The Upton Cafe is open from 7.30am – 2.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays and 8.0am – 2.30pm at the weekends. Call them on 0793161652 or 077484942397