Pop-Up Cafes

Our pop-up Wednesday (during term time) and weekly Thursday lunchtime café project is a great place to meet with friends and colleagues.

Not got time to stop? That’s fine, we provide takeaways and free local deliveries in the New Walk area too.  Just give us a call on 0116 2552592! or join our Cafe Mailing List here: 

See a sample menu here.    Our menu changes each month.   Head across to our Twitter & Facebook pages to check out our weekly specials and the menu of the day.

Every Wednesday morning during term time, students from Ellesmere College run a lunchtime pop-up cafe 11.30-2.20pm.  Every Thursday 11.30-2.30pm the Soft Touch kitchen and exhibition area is transformed into a creative café, with young participants and regular volunteers preparing delicious freshly cooked hot and cold meals, sandwiches, soup and cakes under the guidance of our professional chef.  We’ve got a 5* food hygiene rating and you get excellent quality food at great value prices.   We’re also helping to reduce food waste through our partnership with Sainsbury’s on Humberstone Gate – they donate fresh fruit and veg that has not been properly packaged which would otherwise go to landfill.

The aim of sMASHing is to give young people and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds experience in catering.  They get to learn different catering and customer service skills in a real café environment, which helps boost their confidence, provides an opportunity to meet new people and to gain skills for future employment.

Keep an eye out on Facebook (softtoucharts) and Twitter (@softtoucharts) for weekly menu updates.  Some weeks you might see a music performance, exhibition or mini-festival taking place and during the school holidays we run family arts activities too. Whilst you’re here take advantage of our children’s lunchbox deal – five items for only £3.00!

On sunny days, eat, drink and relax in our courtyard garden leading from New Walk, opposite Museum Square.

Every penny that you spend on your food and drink goes back into running the café to continue giving cooking and catering skills to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. What’s not to like?!

We also provide:

  • Free WiFi
  • Disabled access
  • Accessible changing area including hoist with changing bench
  • Baby changing facilities

Everyone welcome – 11.30-2.30 every Wednesday during term time and weekly on Thursday at 50 New Walk

Referral Form

Want to get involved in a project like this? Download and fill out our referral form and a member of our team will get in touch with you!