Bloxham Mill teams up with Banbury business

Reg and Alison Howe of Reg's Cafe, Banbury NNL-160710-164018001
Reg and Alison Howe of Reg's Cafe, Banbury NNL-160710-164018001

Successful Banbury business Reg’s Cafe has taken over catering and student training duties at The Café at Bloxham Mill.

For the past three years the cafe has been operated by the Catering Department of Activate Learning Banbury and Bicester College.

This joint venture provided vital ‘on the job’ learning experience for students whilst serving the catering needs of Bloxham Mill.

From October 17, after a ten day closure for refurbishment the award winning cafe owner took over the reins.

Maintaining its name The Cafe at The Mill has been transformed into a facility capable of serving up to 1,000 people per day.

The kitchen has undergone an intensive commercial refit including new ovens, fridges and griddles, and a coffee machine for connoisseurs.

For managing director of the Mill, Ray Avery, the decision to change caterer was not one that was taken lightly.

Mr Avery said: “With the college on six months’ notice I was a man with a mission to find something a bit special for Bloxham Mill.

“I’d explored many avenues but none of them really seemed to fit. Then, I decided to get in touch with local, award-winning caterer Reg Howe, to see if all of the good things I’d been hearing about him were true. They were.”

Bloxham Mill will maintain its relationship with Activate Learning which will allow selected students to receive vital on-the-job training under the guidance of Reg Howe and his team.

Reg said: “I’m really excited by the opportunity to cook good food for Bloxham Mill.

“We’ll be offering our full restaurant menu and we’re famous for our cooked breakfasts and source our meat from the best local supplier. And we griddle, not fry, so it’s healthy too.”

Alison Howe said: “There’s no reason why good food can’t be healthy too. We’re hoping that Oxfordshire will follow suit with the campaign and that we can get the first gold accreditation in the county.”

The cafe will open between 8am and 2.30pm weekdays.