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  • OPENING TIMES

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
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Opening times

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

Café 16

Café 16 will close early at 3pm on Wednesday 22 May, for a private event.

Café 16 is open in the Cathedral refectory from Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Here, you can find gorgeous food in a glorious setting, from breakfast to afternoon tea, soups to savouries, cappuccinos to cuppas and guilt-free cakes! A team of prison leavers staffs the café, led, trained and mentored by the Oswin Project.

Freshly baked goods come from the charity’s bakery in HMP Northumberland, where trained bakers allow prisoners to learn new skills and find a new direction on release.

Breakfast Breakfast sandwiches and a competitively priced full English Breakfast.
LunchA soup of the day, a range of sandwiches, toasties, paninis, pies and pastries, jacket potatoes and salad bowls are available all day.
Children’s MenuA dedicated children’s menu with small bites, sandwiches, pasta, hotdogs and pizza slices.
Afternoon TeasElegant sandwiches accompanied by quiche, a variety of savoury pastries, cream scones with jam and a selection of mini cakes and traybakes. Afternoon Teas need to be booked in advance.
Vegan MenuThe vegan menu includes a (fully) vegan English breakfast, soup, sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes and salad bowls.

The opening of Café 16 was supported by LNER’s Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF). This video explores the results of this partnership.

Café 16 offers a range of bread and cakes (whole and traybakes) made to order, which can be picked up from the Cathedral. The team can cater for any occasion, and you can also order products via Deliveroo.

The Diocese of Newcastle created this video about Café 16 for Generosity Week in 2022.

“If it wasn’t for the Oswin Project, I think I would have ended up going back to prison. When I came out of prison, I had to live in a hostel. There was all sorts of bad things going on there. Having work in Café 16 and being around good people, it keeps you on track and keeps you away from things like that. It makes all the difference.”

An Oswinner

Café 16: Enjoy great food; change lives

Serving up second chances

At Café 16, you can enjoy high-quality food and drink and excellent service while helping someone turn their life around. Café 16 is named in honour of the 1916 Royal Flying corps station which previously occupied the site of HMP Northumberland.

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Read all about it!

Café 16 opened in 2021, with support from London North Eastern Railway (LNER). In this article, we spoke with Fiona Sample, Chief Executive Officer of the Oswin Project, and David Horne, Managing Director of LNER.

Click here to read the article