Old Town became a hive of activity yesterday evening, as dozens of residents attended the much anticipated official opening of Swindon’s newest cafe.
Dotty’s Old Town Cafe, on Devizes Road, opened its doors at 3pm on Monday, offering a free glass of bubbly and free food tasters well into the evening.
The cafe is owned by Graham Rowcliffe, 56, and Liz Baylis, 50, who have spent £100,000 on refurbishment of the catering unit, which was previously home to The Cafe.
Graham Rowcliffe, co-owner of the cafe said: “Our launch party was a huge success, we had over 100 people through the doors – more than I ever expected.
“The cafe was packed to the brim most of the evening, with people constantly coming and going. We even had a couple of visitors that went home to grab their partners!
“Everybody enjoyed being treated to drinks and food. We wanted to give people a taste of what we do and the selection available.”
The catering duo want to bring a new breed of cafe to Swindon’s popular Old Town, serving up customers with superb-quality wholesome foods, a delicious range of hot and cold drinks and decent size portions all at a sensible price.
Dotty’s Old Town Cafe also has a toilet with all-new disabled access and baby changing, allowing them to reach a whole new customer-base.
Graham and Liz will also be sourcing their food locally, with sausages coming from 39 miles away, bacon 41 miles away and bread just 24 miles away. The cafe’s new furniture has been locally sourced too, from The Bees Knees Furniture.
Dotty’s Old Town Cafe will be open between 8am and 3pm Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 2pm on Sundays. The cafe can be found at 64 Devizes Road.