Taj Manku-Scott’s Supper Club

Taj Manku-Scott will treat us to a repeat visit with her exquisite North Indian cuisine on Saturday 16th July 2016, at 7:30 pm.  See the menu here.

The evening will cost £30 per head (cash or cheque only),  There will be three courses, with either a meat or vegetarian main dish, and coffee or tea afterwards.  As usual you may bring your own drink, or buy it from the shop on arrival.

Booking essential!

Taj's team

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Art on our walls

From this weekend (28th May) for two months, the pictures on our walls will be by Emma Rose, an award winning artist/colourist who lives in Wellow.  Emma’s pictures are semi-abstract and impressionistic, with an emphasis on colour and texture. Using Indian Inks and acrylics, she produces vibrant and arresting work whose style is distinctive and original, depicting landscape, sky, sea, nature and memories.  Her paintings are available as originals, limited edition prints and unique canvas prints.

Emma grew up between the West Country and London, loving equally the countryside, the sea and the city.  After school she settlOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAed in London. A vibrant London career followed – including spells in theatre, film and photography, as well as dancing and choreography.  During these years she also studied painting and sculpture.

Having moved to Somerset, she now regularly exhibits in Bath, the West Country and London.   Her work can been seen at her studio in Wellow and at her gallery at 78 Walcot Street, Bath.  See also her website http://www.emmaroseartworks.com/.

She has just been picked to exhibit at the prestigious Society of Women Artist’s Annual Exhibition at The Mall Galleries near Buckingham Palace in July.


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We are recruiting

We are looking for a weekend Café Manager

Spring has come – and we hope finally to be able to open our café for lunches at weekends.  And we are generally short of café staff with good food preparation skills.  We are therefore looking for someone who can help Alessandro and Cheyenne in the cafe – and who is experienced enough to hold the fort on their own when necessary.  Weekend working will definitely be part of the job.  Our advert runs as follows:

Community café – Weekend Café Manager– Freshford

We are looking for a part-time  Weekend Café Manager to work in our 30-cover café which is part of our popular community shop.  Located in beautiful Freshford, six miles south of Bath, the Galleries Shop and Café is staffed mostly by volunteers and serves primarily the adjoining villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke.  Galleries Shop and Café is open seven days a week, but so far, not on weekend afternoons when the demand is greatest.  The successful candidate will  be involved in all aspects of the café operation and is expected to be able to hold the fort on his or her own.

Cafe terraceWe are looking for

  • Catering experience in a high pressure environment
  • Good  food preparation and coffee-making skills
  • Strong commitment to customer service and high quality standards
  • A good team player, with the people skills to work well with volunteers and fellow paid staff
  • Ability to manage others
  • Familiarity with food hygiene regulations.

The post is flexible and will include  both weekday and weekend working,  and hours may vary to fit within the café’s  operating hours. The rate to be paid will be around £8 an hour, depending on experience.

Freshford is well served by public transport.

Find a job description and an Application Form here.  If you would like to fill it in online, please download a Word version here.

Please email your completed form to Dallas Crook at manager@galleriesshop.co.uk or write to us at:

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

Closing date:  Friday 27th May.


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Art for Alzheimer’s

Help us raise funds for this year’s shop charity Alzheimer’s Society!



 Professional :: Aspiring :: Recreational

All artists are invited to contribute up to three small, original artworks in any medium provided it fits within a CD case, 12 cm square.  Freshford, Limpley Stoke and surrounding areas are so rich in artistic talent – why not use that talent for a good cause?  Get fellow artists in your group or class involved too.

Cow parsleyThere will be an exhibition in June of all donated artworks.  Each piece will be offered for sale at £10 with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Society.

So come on, release your artistic flair and have some fun in support of this richly deserving cause!  The theme is just a suggestion, the only limitation is size and imagination.

Submission forms are available from the shop,  or you can print one out here.

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New gluten-free range

gluten-free rangeMany of our customers ask us for gluten-free products.  we have now made some space by our wine rack ( moving the white wines into the chiller) to create a display where all are gluten-free products are easy to find.  We welcome suggestions for extra  items our customers would like us to stock.

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Alessandro’s Exotic Valentine’s meal

Continuing our series of occasional evening meals in our Cafe, our staff Alessandro and Cheyenne put together a wonderful Valentine’s meal for our customers.  See the menu here.   An opportunity for a lovely meal out without having to drive anywhere … which was much enjoyed.

Further occasional meals are planned, varying the cuisine:  there will be a northern Indian meal prepared by Taj Manku-Scott on Saturday 12th March, and a Vietnamese one laid on by Noya Pawlyn of Noya’s Kitchen on Thursday 28th April.  Menu cards will be available from the shop.  we expect them to sell out quickly – as both these chefs also offer “supper clubs” in Bath which are very popular.

Valentine's dinner

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Art on our walls

From 13th February for six weeks the piCarolyn Carterctures on our shop and cafe walls are by Carolyn Carter.  Carolyn  has lived and worked in and around Bath for 17 years, since her degree in Illustration.  Graduating in 2000, she has since worked as an in-house artist for two greetings card publishers, Meri Meri and Ling Design.  Alongside this she has undertaken group and solo exhibitions of her originals as well as exhibiting in Galleries and completing many individual commissions.

She works in a widCarolyn Carter resizede variety of media, her watercolour and acrylic paintings are rich in colour and light, often inspired by the countryside and wildlife around her, or fables and narratives that have captured her imagination.   Her recent bird paintings have explored the fascinating character of the creatures, their beauty and the significance of song and flight as metaphors for freedom.

Carolyn also enjoys designing, she has a wealth of experience in greetings card design, producing bespoke wedding invitations and designing promotional material for events. Working in design she also gets to play with a whole host of other styles and media.

We will also be selling her colourful greeting cards in the shop.

See many more of Carolyn’s pictures on her website.

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Opportunities for the young

The Galleries Shop & Cafe is proud to offer great opportunities for our young people.  Young people in rural areas have limited access to transport and don’t find it easy to obtain part-time work to earn extra pocket money, to gain practical work experience, or simply to volunteer.  The Galleries Shop & Cafe does all of those things!

Many of the youngsters in our two villages take part in the GeorgeDuke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The scheme’s Bronze and Silver Awards require some volunteering, and we have had almost 30 youngsters sign up with us for the ten required volunteer sessions.  They typically happen on the weekend when there is no school – and when regular volunteers are often thin on the ground.  These youngsters are generally very quick on the uptake – mastering the till, working out how to use the price gun, finding gaps on the shelves to refill – and sometimes tackling tasks the older generation find hard – eg programming telephone numbers into our telephones and even sometimes tackling and solving computer problems for us.Louisa

Some of the DoE Award candidates stay on beyond their prescribed number of sessions – because they realise the benefit of the practical experience they gain and what it does to enhance their university applications; or simply because they have caught the volunteering bug and enjoy helping to make our great community enterprise run.

Some are so capable and dedicated that we end up employing them for a certain number of hours on the weekend.  Alas this is always relatively short-term because soon they need to concentrate on their final exams or it’s time to go off to university.

JennyWe also occasionally receive applications from youngsters with special needs who have particular difficulty finding opportunities for work experience.  As we are a community enterprise and all know each other well, we can give them the opportunities they need.  We discuss their circumstances with their school or social worker and find a way to give them a meaningful work experience which is also useful for the shop.

We feel that a period of practical experience in our shop and or café should almost be a “rite of passage” for our youngsters.  It used to be the pub which offered these opportunities; now it is only the Galleries Shop & Café, and we take our responsibility very seriously!   Marion

We have also managed to attract “interns” from as far afield as Le Havre Business school!  For two summers running we have had young students work in our shop – filling in for staff but also doing a practical project useful both to us and for their degree work.

And finally, we offer apprentice positions.  Our current cafe apprentice Cheyenne is a very good examCheyenneple for this: she hopes to qualify for a higher-level catering qualification.  Her training is supervised by City of Bath College who visit regularly and check on progress.  Meanwhile, Cheyenne is already a very useful member of staff even after a short time with us, so the arrangement is perfect for both sides.


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Still looking for Christmas gifts?

We have quite a selection for  you!

Gift voucher

The very easiest:  Give someone a shop gift voucher.  We print one specially for you, and make it look nice. It will be A5 size and come in an A5 size envelope.  You decide the value!

A great way to give someone a flexible gift and support your shop at the same time.  Ask the manager to print exactly what you need!  It can be used either in the shop or in the café.

A local book

Go Swift and FarWe have a remarkable number of high-quality authors living in our neighbourhood – producing books both for adults and children.  They are displayed opposite the till.

Last year’s hit “Go Swift and Far” about Bath by Douglas Westcott is available in hardback but half price!

Maudie Smith’s Opal Moonbaby series is very popular with children.

Daniel Start’s books – Wild Swimming, Wild Guide, Wild Ruins etc make excellent gifts.

And there are many more.  Have a look for yourself!

A local gift

There is Bridget Baker’s 2016  calendar with 12 local scenes.

There is a bone china mug with a view of Freshford; also, a local tea towel with sepia images of all the most interesting buildings in Freshford and Limpley Stoke.

Hampers and gift bottles

Choose what’s to go in it and we will sort out the presentation!  We can also turn a bottle of wine or two bottles into a lovely gift for you.

A local printDani Afflek print

We have a selection of Dani Affleck’s attractive Freshford and Limpley Stoke views – either as an original or a print.

Also, Annabel Menhenott’s original works currently on our shop walls.

Mini pigsMinipig

We have managed to get a number of mini pigs – miniature versions of the life-size King Bladud’s Pigs of the 2008 public art display – for sale at the shop.  They are made of polyester resin and are ready to paint.

We also still have copies of the original King Bladud’s Pigs auction programme, with pictures of all 100 pigs – for just £1. One of them – “Country Pignic” – lives on our café terrace.

And finally …

A great selection of chocolates and gingerbread bakery!



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German Christmas bakery

German biscuits 3We have just restocked on all our wonderful German Christmas bakery – look for it by the round window.  Don’t miss out!

German biscuits etc

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