Café down the Lane - A local skills enterprise

Fresh delicious food prepared and served by people with learning disabilities


The Café is for everyone! The Café offers excellent value for money and has a particular focus on encouraging vulnerable people with their carers/support workers to use this as a ‘meeting point’ where they are able to meet up regularly with others, reducing their isolation and loneliness. Local groups wishing to reserve a room for meetings whilst enjoying the benefits of the café are welcome, e.g. a breakfast meeting or regular event. The aim of the Café is to support local people with learning disabilities gain real employment and training skills and the apprentices are keen to serve customers and demonstrate these skills.


Mondays 1.30-3.30pm for Afternoon Teas

Tuesdays 12-3.30pm for Light Lunches


Café Down the Lane offers a range of affordable scrumptious homemade snacks, delicious drinks and not forgetting famous signature scones, freshly made in the morning by the apprentices! Prices have been set to encourage people with a limited income to visit regularly. 

Seating indoors or in patio garden.

Vintage decor.  Delicous coffee.  Range of teas.

Disabled access.  Free car parking.  Carer card discounts.

Ideal for groups.  Safe space for all.


Southampton Mencap, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2NF


023 8058 4088


[email protected] 


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Information on this website is posted in good faith and checked for accuracy when posted up but things do change so we suggest that you always check prices and times of events with the host organisation before attending any event.