Ben Roberts Café

10 Benang St, Lawson . Ph: 0434 314 254 

info@benrobertscafe.org.au

Open Tuesday-Friday 8am - 2pm and Saturday 8-30am - 1-30pm

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We're a social enterprise café supporting young people with a disability. Help us tell our story.

 

At Ben Roberts Café, we believe that good food can bring a community together. A nourishing meal, a warm beverage, and an inviting atmosphere are at the heart of so many significant moments in life.

We aim to provide an inclusive space where all members of the community can gather and create those moments, while young people with disabilities are given opportunities to work and connect.

When you visit Ben Roberts, you're more than a customer - you're part of a social enterprise that supports our community.

We all have unique stories to tell. At Ben Roberts Café our story is your story.

We are run by Blue Mountains Food Services which provides a range of programs and services to residents of the Blue Mountains.

"Tucked away in a Lawson cafe, a small team of dedicated chefs and support workers are making some big differences in the lives of young people with a disability."

Read more of our feature article in 

The Big Fix magazine

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We believe that good food in a welcoming environment, combined with the support we provide to people with a disability makes a difference to the community we serve.

We offer a range of snacks, meals and drinks to tempt the taste buds of almost anyone. Small serves are available as are children's meals. We offer both dine in and takeaway meals and drinks.

Due to NSW Health COVID 19 restrictions we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 44 dine in patrons inside and outside at the one time.

Call in and try one of our delicious meals.

*** Bookings Welcome ***

Call 0434 314 254

CATERING

 

A catering service unlike any other. Help develop the skills of our enthusiastic young cooks.

We can cater for your next event. From Blaxland to Blackheath. Prepared by our graduate Cook+Connect participants, under the guidance of our qualified chef.

Email info@benrobertscafe.org.au or phone 0434 314 254 to enquire about how we can cater for you.

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What's in a Name? The History of Ben Roberts

Benjamin William Roberts was a gold miner from California who came to Lawson in 1879. He worked as a pumper at Lawson Railway Station. He acquired 300 acres of land west of Queens Road.

 

In 1887 he purchased Lot 12 from Joseph Slade and built Alameda first as a guesthouse ·then in 1894 as a hotel when he got his publican's licence. In 1895 John Webster bought the hotel and he changed the name to Grand Hotel, after renovating it and furnishing it in first class style.

 

Roberts built two shops and several cottages, including Edgeroi and St Helens (changed to Carlton in 1930). He sold one shop to Mr. Hart in 1892 which he had as a general store.

 

In 1893 a Progress Committee was elected, Roberts was one of the members. They accomplished many improvements around Lawson.

By 1895 Roberts decided to move to Castlereagh due to ill health and died there on 3 April 1899. His name lives on, thanks to Carolynne Skinner who named her new cafe after him in 2007 which operated out of one of the houses he built back.


Blue Mountains Food Services have continued that naming tradition when we took over the Ben Roberts Cafe in late 2017.