Park cafe officially opens in Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:25 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:25 11 July 2013

Cllr Rocky Gill, Mayoress Gian Kavr Rai, Mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Cafe owner Emine Mani

Cllr Rocky Gill, Mayoress Gian Kavr Rai, Mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Cafe owner Emine Mani


Ribbon cutting gave way to cake cutting as a new park cafe was officially opened.

Cafe in the Park, Barking Park, was officially opened for business by Mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai who cut the red ribbon at a ceremony marking the end of a three year development project to build a visitors centre in the green space.

The cafe had been expected to open last summer alongside the multi-million pound centre, but a delay in finalising legal arrangements with contractors was blamed for the hold up.

Cllr Rai said: “It was a pleasure to formally open this lovely café.

“I’m sure it will attract many new visitors into the park, and encourage people to spend longer here.

“When the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund consulted park users before the refurbishment project a café was one of the most popular things that people wanted to see.”

The Mayor added he was “very impressed” with the range of food on offer, which include hot and cold snacks and meals, sandwiches and drinks.

Panoramic views of a boating lake next to the cafe can be enjoyed by tea-sippers, however boat hire is not yet available while arrangements are made with an operator.

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