Vito’s Special Pre-Christmas Dinner

Only one opportunity to enjoy Vito’s Special Pre-Christmas Dinner this year:  Invite your friends to a four-course meal next Thursday 17th December at 6-9 pm.


 Vito’s Special
Pre-Christmas Dinner

Thursday 17th December 6-9
Four courses at  £ 28.95


Welcome:    a glass of Prosecco and focaccine


  • Asparagus and artichoke hearts in a golden puff pastry with cheese sauce, or
  • Vito’s special buttered monkfish tartare with sweet potato chips


  • Risotto Tricolore, puréed beetroot, spinach and goat’s cheese, or
  • Wild boar stew in a rich red wine & thyme sauce served with warm focaccia


  • Chocolate soufflé or
  • Poached pear with a mulled wine glaze and a scoop of vanilla mascarpone or
  • Galleries selection cheese board.

Booking is essential. Please have your menu choice ready when booking.

Galleries Shop & Café
Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath BA2 7UR
T  01225 723249 (Café) / 07872 335120 (Vito)

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Thank you for the carol concert!

Staff, customers, parents and children were all treated to a lovely carol concert by pre-school and school children in the café this week.  Unfortunately it rained at the last minute, so we could not be out on the terrace.

The event was very popular, with standing room only (and children sitting on the floor).   So we we barely managed to serve all the mulled wine, mince pies and cupcakes kindly prepared by Alessandro and his team for this event!  Our apologies for that, but it was great to see so many children, parents and customers enjoy the occasion.     concert

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New art on our walls

Whose pictures on our walls? They belong to Freshford resident Annabel Menheneott – and make a dramatic display. Annabel has also taken over from Ann Robbins in finding new artists to keep our shop looking interesting and give our customers a chance to buy attractive original art. Contact Annabel on if you know of any local artists willing to take advantage of our tall walls.  See many more pictures at Annabel’s website.

Annabel 4 SurfsUp2

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Book launch this Saturday 1 pm

Come and meet the author at the shop – this Saturday 21st November 1 pm

PrivilegedStonemason Michael Lintern has spent his life working on buildings and dry stone walls in the Bradford-on-Avon area.  In this delightful account, full of incident, he describes his boyhood in Westwood and Freshford in the 1940s and 1950s.  With his siblings and friends, he had the freedom typical of the time to roam the local area, enjoy adventures and, on occasion, get into scrapes.

His book describes with affection and humour the adults who interacted with the children, teaching them skills, coming to their aid and, when necessary, correcting their behaviour.

PRIVILEGED is a 96-page paperback and is illustrated with a number of old photographs. Price £5.95 – available at the shop.  Don’t miss the chance to meet the author.

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Vito’s Gourmet Burger Night

VitoDon’t miss Vito’s Gourmet Burgers on Sat 12th Dec 6-9 pm

Vito has left our Café to pursue his other business interests, but luckily he has agreed still to provide us with the occasional special evening meal.  The next one will be a Gourmet Burger Night when he offers us three alternative delicious burgers:

Veggie Tasty – Sweet potato, spinach seeds and pureed beetroot burger, topped with extra mature cheddar  and sweet chilli sauce served on a Kara Gourmet brioche bun £10.95
Deep Blue Sea – Crab, garlic and lime fritters topped with sliced courgette, burratina cheese, salad leaves, sun kissed tomato and tartare sauce, served on a Kara Premium bun £12.95
Big Road House  – Hand made beef burger, topped with home made barbecue sauce and  Baconnaise, melted extra mature cheddar, salad leaves, fresh tomato, caramelised onions and pickled cucumber served on a Kara Gourmet brioche bun £13.95

All burgers will come with skinny fries and remoulade.
Extra fries or remoulade can be ordered at a cost of £2.00

There will also be a selection of desserts available,
just ask any member of staff.

Booking is essential.
Please have your choice of  burger(s) available at time of booking.

Galleries Shop & Café
Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath BA2 7UR
T  01225 723249 (Café) / 07872 335120 (Vito)


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Who is who at Galleries?

Dallas Crook took over as manager from Lezah in August – he came to us with both shop and café experience with is very useful

But he is not the only new member of staff this year!  Assistant shop manager Emily arrived in April. Then café manager Vito left in mid-October, after a successful two years at the Galleries, and café assistant Alessandro has moved up to full-time working.  And finally, we have managed to recruit a café apprentice – Cheyenne – who is already settling in well.  Here is the current team:


From left to right:  Dallas, Emily, Alessandro and Cheyenne


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Apple Day 2015 a success

This year’s apple harvest was very good for most orchards – and we filled some 400 bottles altogether.  Lots of people brought apples and many stayed to help – washing apples, cutting out bad bits, crushing, pressing, emptying out the press, siphoning juice into bottles and labelling the bottles.

Most the bottles went to those bringing apples.  An extra 50 bottles were sold on the day, and another 60 or so in the shop the week after.

We managed to pasteurise quite a few bottles this time for a longer shelf life.  Look out for the green labels at the shop.

Identifying applesOur great apple experts weren’t able to come this year (we also fixed our date too late …) but our own Peter Jones managed quite a substantial display of 25 different types of apples, all grown in Freshford and Limpley Stoke.  And we  identified some apples people brought by comparing them to those 25 species, and by consulting our Apple Book (which is available to customers to borrow).

We now have a set of very efficient juice making equipment – so despite the volume of apples, all was pressed and bottled by 1:30 pm !  Our equipment is available to hire at a very modest cost.  Ask at the shop for details.

Many helpers

See more pictures on our Flickr site.

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We are looking for a new Assistant Cafe Manager

We are losing our cafe manager Vito, who wishes to concentrate on developing his own business. We wish him all the best in this exciting new direction.

So now we need to find someone new.  Our advert runs as follows:

Community café – Assistant Café Manager– Freshford

We are looking for a part-time Assistant 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.  The success of the café has led to the need for this additional post.  Galleries Shop and Café is open seven days a week.  The successful candidate will assist and be involved in all aspects of the café operation.

We are looking for

  • Catering experience in a high pressure environment
  • 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 £7.50 an hour, depending on experience.

Freshford is well served by public transport.

Find a Job Description and Application Form here.

Please email your completed form to Dallas Crook at or write to us at:

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

Closing date:  Friday 25th September.


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Looking for a new charity

charityEvery year we choose a different charity whose collection tins we will have by our tills.  In addition to that, amazing extra efforts (events, sales) have been made to raise funds for the year’s charity, but this depends on individual interest.   Last year it was the Wiltshire Air Ambulance which had some particularly passionate local champions.

Now it’s time for a new charity, and from Sunday 16th August for a month, we will be asking customers in the shop to give us their vote.  These four organisations have been nominated:

Hounds for Heroes – a national charity which provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services.  Proposed by Bridget Baker.

Jessie May – Children’s Hospice at Home – a Bristol charity which aims to ensure that every child in our area who is not expected to reach adulthood receives nursing care at home.  Proposed by Maureen White who said,

“I cannot recommend highly enough this local charity:  Jessie May – Children’s Hospice at Home.  They are based in Bristol, but are very much working in Bath as well.  They support children with cancer, and in the worst scenario, support families for another five years.  We had a speaker from Jessie May at Bath West Rotary some weeks ago.  I think everyone – especially parents – would want to support this very worth-while cause.  Personally, I would work hard to raise funds.”

The Genesis Trust in Bath – a local charity focused on the needy and disadvantaged of Bath and North East Somerset with a broad spectrum of activities including a soup run, workshop employment for long-term unemployed, homeless accommodation, street pastors and more.  Proposed by Peter and Sue King as well as Amanda Parker.  Peter says about it:

“Sue and I would like to propose the ‘Genesis Trust’ as the adopted charity for the coming year.  A long-established, very worthwhile and efficient charity focused on the needy and disadvantaged of Bath and North East Somerset.  It provides a broad spectrum of help for many.  The Lifeline Centre located in the Abbey Vaults has been attracting up to 50 people a day in the winter.  The Lunch Box is located in St Michael’s Without and has seen a 16% increase in visits this year – over 4000 meals were provided to those in need so far this year.  The numbers of people visiting these centres has increased dramatically and the number of people sleeping rough in Bath has risen to 26 at the last count – 26 people who need immediate assistance.  The Genesis Trust has recently embarked on an expansion programme to enhance the help to disadvantaged aided by B&NES Council who have offered the Trust premises in Walcot Street.  This will enable the establishment of workshops and a vibrant shop (selling stylishly painted furniture and other goods) along with a permanent meeting room and office.  The workshop will provide a pathway back into employment for many people and the other premises will incorporate the marvellous Lifeskills programme and fundraising team.  Lifeskills provides interesting courses to help develop creative, vocational and practical skills.  Family Matters is a new project run with B&NES Council Connecting Families Service.  Genesis also provides volunteer Street Pastors who help people in distress on Friday and Saturday nights in Bath.  Working every night, the Soup Run gave out over 11,000 bowls of soup last year!  This service is 25 yeaers old this year.  The Sunday Centre continues to cook a weekly Sunday Lunch – 2800 meals in the last year.

Amanda says:

“The Genesis Trust provides a unique safety net for the marginalised community in Bath.  Their vision is to see the hungry fed, the homeless housed and the unemployed regain their confidence. Through their nine projects and 500 community volunteers, they provide compassion and  support to over 3000 people a year. It’s not a very ‘glamorous’ charity, and I know from friends who work with them that the fundraising is a hard job – it really does need our help and support, and of course it’s very local, so I’d like to vote for it.”

The Alzheimer’s Society – the national society leading the fight against dementia, proposed by Alison Orme.  She says:

“My dear old Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago.  I’ve watched him turn from an intelligent and highly articulate man into a shell, in which his former self once lived.  Now 95, he no longer has any idea who I am.  He lives in the moment, enjoys watching the trees moving in the wind and feeling a breeze on his face but he can no longer speak or feed himself.  There is nothing good to say about Alzheimer’s.  It’s not a much talked about disease but for those who are living with the condition and for their families, it’s devastating.  850,00 people in the UK are affected by dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over two million by 2051.  The Alzheimer’s Society are dedicated to defeating dementia through research.  They fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to improve treatment for people today, and search for a cure for tomorrow.  They run Support Groups for those who are affected and have also recently launched a scheme called Become a Dementia Friend – an initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.”

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Meet our new manager

Dallas Crook, our new shop manager,  takes over from Lezah Voice TODAY.  DallasHe brings a wide range of experience to our shop – in both retail and catering.

Assistant manager Emily Wollacott has been with us for three months so Dallas will have plenty of support, learning about all the many aspects of our community shop and café.

Lezah and her partner Adam will be returning to South Africa.  Lezah is finding it quite hard to say goodbye to all the customers and volunteers, and they will certainly miss her, too – and her enthusiasm for our shop and her hard work.  We wish her well in her exciting new life in Cape Town.

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