On Monday 2nd of July, the ‘Iona Abbey Refectory Café’ opened its doors to the public.

I think it was Business Director Bénédicte Scholefield’s idea to run a café in the refectory, to open it up to visitors to the Abbey. I loved the idea immediately, and having been very much involved in setting it up. I felt very proud when we welcomed our first customers on the Monday morning.

We have an amazing international core team: in front of house there are Hylke from the Netherlands and Miriam from Spain. In the kitchen there are Paty, a very talented and warm young woman from Paraguay, and Stina from Finland, who worked with me previously as a volunteer and is now employed as second chef. Community members, associates and former staff have joined us, or will be joining us, to make up the café team. There is lots of hard work to come, for sure, but we already love the interaction with the colourful variety of people coming through our doors. It’s like in the ‘olden days’ when the Community ran a coffee house.

So, if you are on Iona this summer (we will be open until the end of September) come and see us and have a big piece of cake.


Photo © Anja Jardine

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