Depot Bakery cafe opens for the first time at Sheffield’s historic Hillsborough Park Coach House

A long-serving volunteer said it meant ‘a hell of a lot’ to see a new cafe open at the historic Coach House site in Hillsborough Park today following major restoration.

Monday, 14th March 2022, 4:21 pm
Updated Monday, 14th March 2022, 5:28 pm

Five years of hard work and £1 million restoration by Age UK Sheffield resulted in the opening of the Depot Bakery at the once derelict Grade II listed building.

Janet Potts, 85, who lives on the nearby Shepperson Road and has been looking after the park as a volunteer with the Friends of Hillsborough Park for 15 years was the first customer just before it opened at 8 am this morning.

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Janet Potts, 85, who lives on the nearby Shepperson Road and has been looking after the park as a volunteer with the Friends of Hillsborough Park for 15 years was the first customer at the Depot Bakery cafe.

She said: “It’s absolutely great, we have been wanting this for years and years. I’m sick of people asking ‘when is it opening?’. Finally I can say it’s open, we are here now.

“It means a hell of a lot to the people of Hillsborough to have this open now. Toilets and a cafe have been really needed. It couldn’t be in a better place, it’s lovely. At this time of year when all the crocuses are out and daffodils, it’s gorgeous – where else would you want to be?

“I shall get fat in no time because I love those lovely sourdough breads.

“Seeing this derelict building just crumbling and getting worse year after year has not been nice but I’m glad Steve got started on this, his dream, it’s gorgeous.”

Depot Bakery at the site of the Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park.

Steve Chu, chief executive of Age UK Sheffield, said the cafe is dementia-friendly and it will generate money for the charity to reinvest in activities for older people, as well as support the Depot Bakery, a local business which already had a site in Neepsend.

He said: “It’s amazing really, I can’t quite believe it.

“If I’d have thought at the start that it was going to take five years I might have been put off but it’s worth it to see it today and the weather is amazing.

“Just seeing the reaction on social media and the people in the local community who really can’t wait for this to happen, it will be fantastic to see it really busy.

Steve Chu, chief executive of Age UK Sheffield, at the opening of the Depot Bakery cafe at the Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park.

“One of the things that really came through when we put in the funding bid from the feedback we got was that this wasn’t just for Age UK Sheffield, they could see this would be something that would benefit the entire community and local residents as well as older people throughout Sheffield.

“People have said it’s a win, win throughout and hopefully that will be proven.”

Other facilities which are part of the wider project will be opening for the first time over the next couple of weeks including the Bowling Pavilion and Bradbury Makers Shed.

The charity said the Bowling Pavilion will have a mixture of performing arts activities – such as signing, dancing, theatre – and physical activities – such as yoga, pilates and chair-based exercises.

What the Old Coach House in Hillsborough Park looked like in 2018 before the refurbishment.

The Makers Shed, formerly known as a the Potting Shed, will host creative arts activities including gardening, photography, woodwork and storytelling.

Mr Chu said the charity will be delivering a main activity programme from around April.