While the nation welcomes the return of eateries across the country next week, it’s double the fun at Grimsby Garden Centre where you’ll find the return of fond foodie favourites alongside a new look café…with a new name.

The Potting Shed will officially open its wood clad doors on Monday 17 May 2021.

The team at the centre have used the lockdown period to totally transform the café space, doubling its size and introducing Scandinavian-style outdoor booths, garden and children’s play area.

It is the first phase in the garden centre’s redevelopment which will see the introduction of an eco-green barn and the creation of a bespoke independent shipping container shopping hub.

Grimsby Garden Centre manager Craig Champion said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming people to the new Potting Shed – both familiar faces as well as new people eager to meet family and friends over tea, coffee and a cake or two.”

Alongside lattes, espressos, a flat white or a cup of tea and a slice of cake; The Potting Shed gives much more than a cuppa.

Both The Potting Shed and Grimsby Garden Centre are owned by NHS mental health services provider NAViGO.

Turning profit for good, proceeds go back into supporting mental health services across North East Lincolnshire. Plus, the garden centre complex also offers training and employment opportunities to people from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with mental health difficulties.

Jo Keen, head of commercial services at NAViGO said: “Not only do we serve great food and drink in lovely, relaxed surroundings; but when you buy from us, you are also helping to support people in your local community with mental health difficulties.

“The last year has been extremely difficult for everyone. Being Loyal to Local has never been more important.”

Open to all ages, the friendly venue offers take-out drinks and cakeaway or eat-in options with a range of toasties, sandwiches, classics, beverages and cakes while helping raise the visibility of mental health support services in the community.

While emergency services, NHS, North East Lincolnshire Council and armed forces employees benefit from a 10% discount on production of appropriate identification.

And if you’re part of the RNLI lifeboat crew you can have a free hot drink or a brew, when you’ve been out on a shout.

Put simply, The Potting Shed is good food, good drink, doing good.