to the Smile CAFE


The SMILE Cafe is a weekly pop-up community cafe, running every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, at the Fromus Centre, Saxmundham.

It's a community cafe for use by all residents in, and visitors to, the Saxmundham area. It provides an oasis for a relaxing break, with refreshments.

The SMILE Cafe is manned by volunteers who will serve you with a welcome cup of tea or coffee and a cheery smile. They will even sit and have a chat with you.

We also provide background music, newspapers, playing cards, dominos and board games to make your time more enjoyable - and occasionally there's live entertainment!

"I think the SMILE Cafe      

 is a brilliant idea.

It's what community

is all about."

Lesley Dolphin, Producer / Presenter

BBC Radio Suffolk

To see the menu, please click here.



The SMILE Cafe

now offers

an all-day breakfast

only £4.50 (small) or £6.50 (large)!

and porridge

with a dash of honey for £1.50!

Plus toasties, paninis, 'hot dogs' and filled rolls for snacks and lunch including soup, beef & pork burgers and baked potatoes with various toppings!

And, a choice of canned drinks, coffees and teas with cakes (£1.50 a slice)

To see the current menu,

click here


there are additional board 'specials'

on the day...










Two more volunteers wanted for 1 hour a week on a Wednesday - to help run the SMILE Cafe - please click here.


The well-ventilated SMILE Cafe can seat up to 50 customers

and can usually be found at:

The new Fromus Centre

The Saxmundham Hub

Street Farm Road,


IP17 1AL

We accept both cash and card payments.

  • There's plenty of onsite parking and we arewithin 5 minutes of the bus stop and within 10 minutes of Saxmundham rail station.


For general enquiries

(including volunteering),






The SMILE Cafe was set up on October 4th, 2012, by the PASTEL Community Interest Company,

with support from

The Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District.

It was sponsored by both organisations and became self-sustaining within the first year.

The SMILE Cafe was managed by PASTEL for the first two and a half years, from October 2012 to April 2015, when the roles were reversed and the management was handed over to the Rotary Club, with PASTEL in support.

For the latest news about the SMILE Cafe,