14th January 2019
The rebranded catering outlets at York College have been renamed ‘Café 1827’ and were officially opened by Principal Alison Birkinshaw at a special launch event. The name; Café 1827 refers to the year the College started out in York, and its long history (in various guises) in the city.
The new-look catering outlets have a stand-out purple Café 1827 logo, with an interesting timeline displayed along one wall, charts the College’s history in the city for more than 190 years. The York Mechanics Institute, originally in Bedern, kick-starts the College’s presence in the city in 1827 and then shows the development of the College over the years, culminating in today's Sim Balk Lane campus.
Café 1827 is to incorporate a more eco-friendly approach to the catering services offered to students, staff and visitors at the College. With 1,000 cups currently going to landfill each week, Café 1827 staff hope to proactively reduce this figure. At the event, customers were shown 100 cups and asked to visualise multiplying them by ten! The first 100 customers were given a cup with a free hot drinks voucher and customers were encouraged to bring re-useable mugs into Café 1827 to obtain a 10p reduction per hot drink in the future.
The staff team are sporting new purple uniforms and are delighted to have the addition of two plasma screens, fully sponsored by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, to keep customers informed about College news and Café 1827 promotions.
Catering Manager, Katie Everall, says: “We are pleased to rebrand our catering outlets, giving the College community a refreshed catering service a real identity that proudly shows the importance of the College in York. The official opening event was fun, we even served up sponge pudding with purple custard for the very first time!"