September Friday meals

Friday 3rd Sept Pork stroganoff with rice and green beans. Or Mushroom stroganoff. Bakewell tart traybake Friday 10th Sept Beef lasagne, garlic bread and sweet corn. Or Vegetable lasagne. chocolate cake filled with fresh whipped cream Friday 18th Sept Roast chicken fillet with stuffing, pigs …

Meals on Wheels

Our delivery of chilled meals to socially isolated folks around the town continues very successfully. As work for the Town Council staff has returned to normal they are no longer able to delivery the meals but a growing army of volunteers is making sure the food gets to the correct destinations with a friendly smile and a wave. Friendships are being established.
Don’t forget if you know anyone that you feel would benefit from the service just let Alsion Wright know via 01260 277658.

Opening Times

As we reported last month we’ve been really struggling with skilled staff meaning we really faced having to close on Mondays during August. In the event we only closed on one Monday and now we’re confident we can open 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday.
However, what is different is that people are not using the cafe much before 10am in the morning but they’re keener to stay beyond 3pm so from Monday 30th August we’ll open each day at 10am and close at 4pm giving you more time to enjoy tea and Ruth’s lovely cakes.

August Friday Club menu

Lunch club – August meals

6th August

Lamb casserole with mashed potatoes white cabbage and carrots

Stuffed aubergine with mashed potatoes cabbage and carrots

Peach and raspberry tray bake and custard

13th August

Spanish chicken and chorizo stew with vegetable rice and


Spanish style veg and chickpea stew with vegetable rice and sweetcorn

Jam and cream scone

20th August

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding,

Roast potatoes, mashed carrots and swede, cauliflower and gravy.

Stuffed Portobello mushrooms, roast potatoes, carrots and swede and cauliflower.

Homemade trifle

27th August

chicken, ham and cider pie, new potatoes, sweetcorn and gravy.

Cheesy leek pie, new potatoes, sweetcorn and ratatouille.

Fruit pavlova

Cafe Opening

We’re closing the cafe on Mondays during August.

Like the rest of the hospitality industry nationally we’re really struggling for staff. You’ll recollect Charla has moved onto greater things; Marina is planning a month’s holiday early in August so we’re rather thin on the ground.
We’re using every avenue we can to find more of the right kind of staff – those capable of supervising the cafe – and as soon as we find someone we’ll reopen. Challenging times!
Of course if you know anyone that might be interested send them to us either call Ruth on 01260 277658 or email us at

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.