The Café in St.James’ Park is operated by ParkLife, a community interest company established by FoSJP to run the Café and Community Room as a social enterprise.

Any surplus profits made by ParkLife will be given to FoSJP who will use the money to further improve park facilities and services for the community.

The Café opened for business on 15th July 2011, replacing the popular volunteer‑run FoSJP Kiosk which operated in the Park from 2006 to 2010.

ParkLife Café, interior
Did You Know…?
If every member of FoSJP bought one coffee each week, this would ensure that the Café made enough money to cover its operating costs over the winter.

Opening Hours

The Café has an indoor area with 16 seats, and an outdoor covered terrace with 14 seats. It’s open every day including weekends, offering a variety of good quality, freshly prepared food and drinks to suit most tastes and budgets.

Seasonal Opening Hours

1 Apr – 30 Sep 1 Oct – 31 Mar
Monday – Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm 10.00am – 4.30pm

Food is served up to 30 minutes before closing time.

We may close early on occasions if it’s exceptionally quiet or during bad weather!

Details are subject to change – for up‑to‑date opening times and the latest menu information, please visit the Café!

Meet our Café Manager

Laura, our Café Manager

Our Café Manager, Laura Trotter, took over from her predecessor Jennette in October 2016.

Before joining ParkLife, Laura had several years’ experience in retail management, and is looking forward to working in a community‑based environment.

Next time you’re in St.James’ Park, please drop into the Café and say “Hello” to Laura!

Volunteers Needed

If you have a spare couple of hours free and would like to be involved with helping to run a friendly community café, please get in touch with Marina or Laura on 023 8077 9763 or for more information.

We’d love to hear from you!

Reading in the Park – Secondhand Books Wanted

The Café is looking to fill its bookshelf with secondhand books, particularly children’s books. These books will be available free of charge or for a small donation if people can manage it.

Please bring along any unwanted books to the Café during normal opening hours – thank you!

What’s Happening in and around Southampton?

In December 2014 the Café became a pick‑up point for the popular The AND Guide, a free newspaper dedicated to all things entertainment‑related in and around Southampton.

Next time you’re in the Café, why not pick up a copy?