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Thornberry Animal Sanctuary Seeks Catering Operator For New Cafe

7 months ago

18th March, 2021 17h33

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary

Seeking a catering operator to run a new purpose built cafe/ dining facility - Set to open June 2021

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary ( is currently constructing a new café at its main site in North Anston, Sheffield (The Stables, Todwick Road, North Anston, S25 3SE)

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity operating since 1988 with a mission to help the most vulnerable animals in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. Run by passionate volunteers and paid animal care staff, the sanctuary cares for animals who through no fault of their own need a new home. The team assess them and deal with any medical or behavioural issues they may have, then try to match them to their perfect forever home.

Lockdown has not meant slowdown for the hardworking team of volunteers whose passion and drive to improve the sanctuary for both animals and human guests has meant a revolutionary year of development.

In the last 12 months they have been awarded grants from Battersea,, PetPlan, Animal Rescue Foundation and Support Adoption for Pets among other funders. Some of this money has been used on projects including building a new vet suite onsite, a new home from home room for cats and dogs, a manege for equines and a new dog exercise area. 

Whilst these projects have increased the animal welfare offering at Thornberry, they by no means forgot the welfare and comfort of the 1000’s of visiting humans the Sanctuary receives! So they have also invested in a superb purpose new cafe/ dining facility and need an experienced operator to take on the operation. 

The opportunity is for the selected business to have full conceptual, operational and financial control of the cafe/ dining space and develop a hospitality offering that ranges from quality daytime cafe style dining to evening bistro dining and private hire events. 

The trustees are confident the location is prime for the right offering to really take off and become a real community asset, with General Manager Helen Connelly saying: 

“With around 70 covers inside and outside on the decked area, limited competition locally and guaranteed footfall from our visitors and hungry staff, the right concept can really clean up!”


“If they have as much passion about hospitality and food as we do about animals then we’ll have a match made in heaven” 

A statement by the trustees read “Our vision of the new beautifully designed T.A.S. dining facility is a welcoming community hub where everyone is valued. The T.A.S. trustees embrace the future knowing that a thriving cafe will be invaluable in helping to sustain and develop a thriving rescue centre”. 

Interested operators are invited to submit an expression of interest by Monday 29th March 2021 and can request an application form by contacting Justin Rowntree of Sweet Spot Hospitality Consultancy who is managing the process on behalf of the charity. 

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