Congratulations to Hannah Coils for winning “Apprentice of the year” award at Durham College. Hannah is the apprentice Chef at the newly refurbished Pulman Café at the Pulman Volkswagen showroom in Durham, now renamed as Café Dafté.
Hannah comments: “It’s fantastic to be named ‘Apprentice of the year’ for the catering course at Durham College! Now that the Café has been refurbished I’m excited to put into practice the skills I’ve gained!”
Whilst refurbishing the Durham Volkswagen showroom, Pulman also took the opportunity to refurbish and relaunch the unique Pulman Café now renamed as Café Dafté.
A cosy and delightful addition to the showroom, the café offers delicious fresh food and drinks to customers as well as members of the public. The café itself has expanded allowing for a greater capacity and creating a more spacious environment which includes high tables with charging points for laptops and iPad’s and a soft furnishing sofa area. Although not your typical find in a car showroom, the café adheres to the modern technology of the Volkswagen Brand, featuring Apple TV’s for customer’s to configure and personalise their cars.
Ed Lambe, Head Chef at Café Dafté comments: “Café Dafté has truly been updated! The seating areas, the free Wi-Fi and Apple TV’s all enhance the customer experience. We have updated our menus as well to offer the classics that our customers are familiar with but with a few added extras, you can even place orders over phone for collection! We pride ourselves on making everything fresh on the day using local ingredients to ensure we deliver a fantastic customer experience!”
The café is rated in top 20% of places to eat in Durham on Trip Advisor, being named a “local gem” by its regular visitors. Offering a wide variety of food made fresh on-site, there is always something warm from the oven to try!
Open Monday to Saturday Café Dafté is a true hidden gem, with mouth-watering dishes made fresh on the day. Offering a breakfast and lunch menu, including a full English breakfast, porridge and pancakes to freshly made sandwiches, wraps, panini’s, salads and jacket potatoes. Pulman also provide a range of speciality hot drinks, cakes, scones, quiches and other freshly made dishes. Another wonderful addition to the menu is the special offers, offering competitively priced daily specialities as well as a delightful afternoon tea.
Ed Lambe continues: “It’s fantastic that Hannah has won the apprentice of the year award, she thoroughly deserves it! You can see the progression from when Hannah first joined us to now! Hannah’s gained vast experience in preparing, cooking and finishing complex dishes.”
For more information on the re-launched Café Dafté visit www.cafedafte.co.uk where you’ll find some fantastic launch offers or visit the Pulman Volkswagen showroom at Abbey Road, Durham.