Cafe opening on the 17th May

With all the Covid turmoil elsewhere in the world we’re fingers crossed that we really will be opening in May! So, we’re busy painting and decorating the Saw Mill ready for Monday the 17th May. We’ve decided to give the cafe a new look, fresh colours to try to make it feel like a breath of fresh air; remember Covid doesn’t seem to like the fresh air! We’re giving everywhere a good clean too over the next 3 weeks as we’ve been largely closed for 12 months. Put it in your diaries to come and visit us as soon as we’re open, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Big Heart Lunch Club Australia Link!

Congleton has a long established ‘Big Lunch Club’ serving meals to socially isolated people by volunteers providing lunch at 2 locations – United Reform Church and St John’s Community Centre.

During the pandemic these meals have been provided via a ‘meals on wheels’ service, up to 80 meals per week, and 96 Christmas Lunches delivered on Christmas Eve. The food is prepared by The Old Saw Mill on Back River Street.


Participants pay £4 per meal for a main and pud delivered chilled with cooking and allergen information. Congleton Town Council support the scheme by delivering the chilled food on Friday mornings.

We always look for ways to extend this service to as many socially isolated people in the town as we can find, but we never expected this kind of communication via Australia!

One of the scheme organisers, Alison Wright, told us: ‘I spoke to a Congleton lady last night. Do you know how she found out about the meals?

Her granddaughter in Australia saw details on Facebook and spoke to her mum in Bristol who then put the lady in touch with the Town Council.’

How about that as a demonstration of the positive power of social media!

If you know of someone that you think would benefit from such a meal each week, then ring 01260 270350, ext 1 to apply, we would love to serve you!

Peter Aston commented ‘provision of healthy food is top of health and social agendas currently and the Old Saw Mill is proud to play its part by providing this extension to the town’s Big Lunch Club that delivers a small but significant step towards providing people with one healthy meal per week.’

Friday Food Deliveries

The cafe is obviously shut but we are making meals for delivery via Congleton Town Council and delivering on a Friday. It is for those who are isolated and if they qualify, it costs £4. For those that do not meet the CTC qualification, we can still provide a meal at £6, also delivered on a Friday.

The forthcoming meals are as follows:-


Please contact for more details.

Friday Food Deliveries

Would you like lunch every Friday delivered to your door for £6? Provided by the Old Saw Mill Community Café for anyone socially isolated and living locally.

A main meal and a pudding, veggie option available, chilled and ready to microwave or oven heat at a time to suit you! Contact 01260 277658 to apply.

Green Living Course

There will be a Green Living course for 8 weeks on October 13 and ending on December 1, Tuesdays from 1.30 to 3pm and it is open to anyone.

The course will be run by Zoom. If you are dubious about Zoom, it can be demonstrated for you before the course starts. But it’s easy – we e-mail you a link and you click it.

The course is about how individuals can act to prevent climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution and lots more.

You can contact and we will forward your interest to the organisers

Congleton’s Famous Apple Juice will be produced again this Autumn.

After carefully considering the current situation the directors of the Old Saw Mill have concluded that it will be possible to safely produce delicious apple juice again this year. After a bumper harvest last year everyone is hoping for another successful year in 2020, in spite of the pandemic.

We will be receiving apples from local gardens from Tuesday 1st September. Please bring all your spare apples to the Old Saw Mill, Back River Street and leave them in the collection trays behind the cycle rail next to the front door. They can be left there whilst the café is open (9.00am – 3.00pm Mon – Friday) or at weekends.

Astbury Mere visitor centre can no longer receive apples so please don’t take them there.

Our sincere thanks in advance to everyone who supports us by donating apples. Up to 70% of apples grown in this country are left to rot in gardens so let’s buck the trend in Congleton and use them for a good cause.

Last year nearly 3000 bottles of juice and 600l of cider were produced. There are still some left so hurry up and get some before they are gone.”

If you want further details contact Dewi on

Update on café opening

After closing on the 16th March we opened the doors of the café on the 6th July from 9am to 2pm, last orders 1.30pm; Monday to Friday.

We would obviously like to thank all those customers who have been to see us and after 3 weeks we are quite pleased with our progress. From next week our rooms upstairs will also have visitors and so thanks again to them for supporting us.

From 3rd August and throughout August we will be participating in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme which means that on Mondays to Wednesdays, all our food will have a discount of 50% applied.