Supper Club: Two-course Winter Warmer

Marilyn 10aYou are invited to our next supper club on Friday 24th February 7:30 pm, the third provided by quality caterer Marilyn Grosvenor .  Responding to special requests from our supper club customers, Marilyn has this time put together a two-course meal at a reduced cost of only £22 per head.  As usual you may bring your own drink or buy it in the shop at the start of the evening.  See the menu here Marilyn’s Winter Warmer supper club.

Booking essential – by Tuesday 21st February.

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Coffee trials in February

Coffee trials coming up

coffeeWe want to serve the best possible coffee in our café – so we are keen to find out what our customers actually like.  Beginning Monday 6th February we are going to try four  new coffees, one a week, for four weeks including Moonroast, Illy, Lavazza and Dusty Ape.  Please help us by filling in the comment forms which will be available.  Views will be sought not only on the type of coffee but also on strength, presentation, and consistency.  Obviously this is subjective and we won’t be able to please everyone but we want to do our best to please MOST of you!

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Christmas supper club

December’s supper club will be cooked and presented by our own staff!  Click here for a full menu.  It’s on Wednesday 14th December.

When booking, make sure you tell us whether you prefer the lamb or the nut roast!  As usual, the meal starts at 7:30 pm and you may bring y our own drink – or buy it in the shop at the beginning of the evening.   We will seat  you all together in largish groups to give you a chance to get to know other locals.


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Free Range Chef supper club

Our next supper club will be on Saturday 12th November at 7:30 pm.  It will be a repeat visit from Beth Al-Rikabi the “Free Range Chef”, entitled “Veggie Food for Meaty People”.  This is the menu:

Veggie Food for Meaty People

As usual, you may bring your own drinks – or buy them at the shop on arrival.

Booking is essential by Saturday 3rd  November please.  Call 723249 or talk to our café staff.  


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We have a new manager

We have a new Shop and Café Manager known to many local people:  Julie Forster who lived in Freshford for a few years (during which time she worked briefly as a shop and café volunteer) and now lives in Hinton Charterhouse.  She started in mid-September.

Julie has wide-ranging experience, including many years as a radiographer!  Her most recent role (for the last four years) was as PA for William Cartwright-Hignett at Iford Manor, helping to run Iford Teas, which we sell in the shop and serve in the café. In She has helped out from time to time in By The Way, a gift shop in Bradford-on Avon.

Julie’s retail experience is limited but she a good understanding of the needs of our community.  We have no doubt that she  will pick up the intricacies of our shop and café quickly, helped by our existing team of Emily, Alessandro, Jane and Cheyenne and our many experienced volunteers.

Welcome Julie!

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Our next supper club

Our next supper club will be on Thursday 22nd September at 7:30 pm.  It will be a repeat visit from Marilyn’s Food  whose “June in Somerset” was totally booked out and much praised.   The next meal is entitled “Celebrating autumn in the West Country”.  This is the menu:

Marilyn’s Autumn in the West Country

As usual, you may bring your own drinks – or buy them at the shop on arrival.  Booking is essential by Saturday 17th September please.  Call 723275 – or reply to this email.

Last month’s Vegetarian Feast was also a great success – we are arranging for a return visit from the “Freerange Chef” in November.

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We are recruiting

Our shop manager Dallas has now sold his house and is definitely off back to Australia with his family – his last day will be Monday 15th August. Dallas has master-minded many successful changes at our shop and café for which we are very grateful, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

So we are now on the look-out for a new manager, responsible for both the shop and the café. This is a 30-hour per week position which involves weekend working. Find links to a job description and an application form below.

We need to find someone new – fast! Our advert runs as follows:

Community shop manager – Freshford

We are looking for a Manager to run our popular community shop and café.  Located in beautiful Freshford, six miles south of Bath, the Galleries Shop is staffed mostly by volunteers and serves mainly the adjoining villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke.  The shop (with its associated café) is seven years old and has been a great success, both in serving the community and as a business.  It is open seven days a week.  The successful candidate will have a key role in building on the strong foundations that have been created to lead the next stage of the shop’s development. The shop also employs a part time assistant manager.

The essential skills we are looking for include:

  • Retail experience
  • Commercial skills and financial awareness
  • Responsiveness to customer needs with a strong focus on service quality
  • A friendly and approachable person, with the management skills to develop and manage a team of volunteers
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Good computer literacy with experience of EPOS systems and Microsoft Office.

The position is for 30 hours a week, to be worked flexibly within the opening hours of the shop, including weekends.  In return we offer a basic salary with generous performance related bonus.

Find a job description here and download an application form in Word here. Email your completed form to Stephen Dawson, Chair of Galleries Management Group, at or write to him at:

Galleries Shop & Café, Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath BA2 7UR.

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Help us celebrate our 7th Birthday

Fresh_1This coming Saturday 6th August our shop and café will be seven years old.

To celebrate, we are holding another barbecue on our terrace between 12 and 2:30. Tickets will be £5 – entitling you to a barbecue, some salad and a beer or soft drink.

Tickets are available from the shop now. It will help us prepare for the right numbers if you buy yours in advance. But it’s also ok to just show up on the day!

See you there!

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Enjoy a Vegetarian Feast

Our next Galleries Supper Club will be on Thursday 18th August at 730 pm –when Beth Al-Rikabi, a well-known and loved caterer who lives in Holt, will be cooking for us. See menu here. Why not invite your Vegetarian friends to this great occasion? £25 per head only, and as usual you may bring your own drinks.

Beth was the chef at a vegetarian yoga retreat in Italy for three months in 2014, and her vegetarian repertoire has taken off from there. She has catered events in Ibiza, Morocco and Mykonos to feed yogis and wedding parties, and hopes to bring a slice of these experiences to your plate: the hazy madness of Marrakech, the road side veg shacks of Ibiza and the medieval hilltop humps of the Roman countryside lined with olives, vineyards and crumble down farms. It’s veggie food for meat eaters!

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New art on our shop walls

Janet ColesJanet Coles
is an artist and designer working in Bath and Cornwall (Eathorne is her Cornish maiden name). Her pictures will be on our shop walls until 17th September.

Having given up a career in Marketing to bring up a family, Janet revived an enduring passion and started to paint. After completing a Diploma in Art and Design in 2000, and inspired by her native Cornwall, she explores colour, light and shape in her work. She paints with liquid acrylics and likes to let the colour flow, producing vibrant paintings and collages on paper and canvas. She produces limited editions of her designs and paintings on fabric, china and tableware. She also has a range of her paintings produced as quality cards.

This is Janet’s second “show” at the Galleries.  Some of her large attractive floral greeting cards are also always available at the shop.  You can find out more at her website

Some Emma Rose prints are also still available for sale from our display unit, as are Dany Affleck‘s Freshford scenes.


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