Ella’s Mobile Café

Raising vital funds to support people with life-limiting illnesses across South Devon, Ella’s Mobile Café serves delicious food and refreshments to our local community.

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The eye-catching café is positioned by Torquay’s harbour slipway on Vaughan Parade. The café is open Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm (plus some Wednesdays).

Getting into gear to care for our community

Dating from 1973, Rowcroft’s iconic vintage van was lovingly restored and carefully converted into a mobile café serving teas, Devon-roasted barista coffees, hot chocolate, iced coffees, locally baked cakes and light lunches. Known as Ella’s Mobile Café (named after Ella Rowcroft, whose generosity led to the foundation of Rowcroft Hospice),

The quirky 47-year-old van, affectionately named ‘Ella’, was renovated over recent years by students from South Devon College. Fitted with a sleek modern kitchen interior, Ella received generous support from other local organisations including Central Garage Torbay, Brixham Crafting Bees, Van-Formers, Salters Garage and Motor Parts Direct

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Events & Hire

During the year you will find us out and about at local events and festivals. Ella’s Mobile Café is also available for private hire. We can add a little vintage glamour to your event from as little as two hours, stay for the day, or we can party the night away with you! Make an enquiry.

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Our Menu

Be it coffee to canapés, posh picnic to pop-up bar, we can tailor our offering to suit your requirements. Our dedicated Café Manager will work with you to create something truly memorable.


The making of Ella’s Mobile Café

Bringing ‘Ella’ to fruition has been an adventure! Read on to find out how and why we decided to transform a classic 1973 Citroën van into a mobile café fit for a queen.

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Ella’s Mobile Café is available for events and festivals in the Torbay, Teignbridge and the South Hams area and for private hire across South Devon.

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Our Sponsors

Without the support of local businesses and enterprises donating their time, expertise and resources, Ella’s Mobile Café would have been just a dream, but thanks to our sponsors, that dream is now a reality.

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