Healthy cafe leaving others green with envy

HEALTH ON THE MENU -- Jan Dennis at the Green Room Cafe, which has proved a positive initiative at the Under One Roof hub on Vine Terrace in Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD12-1969-1.
HEALTH ON THE MENU -- Jan Dennis at the Green Room Cafe, which has proved a positive initiative at the Under One Roof hub on Vine Terrace in Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD12-1969-1.

A HUCKNALL cafe which provides delicious but healthy food is proving a big asset to the community.

The Green Room Cafe is based at the Under One Roof centre on Vine Terrace.

The cafe was first opened five-and-a-half years ago and is run by Jan Dennis, who says: “We want to let more people know that we are here.”

As its name implies, the cafe is not a place where you can tuck into burgers and chips.

Instead, it offers a lunch menu which comprises such fare as home-made soup, jacket potatoes and salads, although some leeway is given with its tasty desserts.

Jan has run the cafe ever since it opened and says she derives a lot of satisfaction from the opportunity it gives to influence people’s eating habits in a positive way.

She has had lots of experience in the catering trade. Before the Green Cafe was launched, she worked at Hucknall’s former Safeway superstore and at the town’s Tesco outlet.

Jan has some voluntary help in operating the cafe, chiefly from Glenys Paulson.

The cafe is patronised by people who visit Under One Roof to obtain one of its services and by some who just pop in for a meal or a cup of coffee.

It would most likely find a lot of favour with the National Health Service (NHS), which points out that most adults in England are either overweight or obese.

“That means a lot of people are eating more than they need,” said a spokesman. “But the most important thing is that they eat the right foods to get the nutrients they require for a healthy lifestyle.”

The chairman of Under One Roof, Brenda Shelbourne, said: “The cafe has proved a very popular feature and it is very reasonably priced.

“It is something we were keen to provide for the Hucknall community right from the start of the Under One Roof project.

“It also fulfils an important role in making social contacts. As people get older, it means a lot if they can have a chat over a cup of coffee.

“The cafe is a key feature of what we do at Under One Roof and I’m sure this will continue.”