Rumbletums has received several local and national awards and accolades, recognising the value and quality of both the training and the delicious food and drinks served in the café.
Rumbletums was established in 2011 by parents of young people with learning disabilities, because of their concern about the lack of employment and development opportunities for them, once they had finished formal education. They wanted to provide something valuable and purposeful for them, which would help them fulfil their potential, as well as enabling them to make a positive contribution to the community.
These aspirations are as relevant today as they were in 2011 and still underpin everything we do at Rumbletums. It is also a place where the interaction between our trainees and members of the community helps to break down barriers and challenge any negative stereotypes people might have about those with learning disabilities.
The café opened on the corner of Victoria Street and Newdigate Street in Kimberley on 2 July 2011. It quickly established a reputation for excellent homemade food, coffee and service, and is currently open from 9.30am to 3.00pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
All our meals and cakes are made on the premises, and we pride ourselves on our homemade food, much of which has been prepared by the trainees. We provide a varied choice of breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and a wide selection of tasty cakes, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Our coffees are made with freshly ground beans, roasted in West Bridgford by 200 Degrees, and tea is served traditionally in a teapot for maximum enjoyment. All our drinks can be made with skimmed or a choice of non-dairy milks.
Everyone is welcome at Rumbletums. We have tables for one or two, or up to four people and we are happy to add extra chairs or put tables together for bigger groups. The building has full wheelchair access, and we have an accessible toilet, as well as a chair lift to the first floor.
Rumbletums has a child friendly ethos - your little ones are very welcome, and we’re breast-feeding friendly. High-chairs and booster seats are available, and we have baby-changing facilities. Our children’s menu offers plenty of healthy and nutritious meals and snacks to choose from, and we have a bookcase just for children’s books for borrowing as well as reading in the café.
Rumbletums is a registered charity, run by a board of trustees. As well as adopting good practice in governance and ensuring Rumbletums is financially robust and that all our activities are delivered at a high quality, we are also committed to supporting local businesses whenever possible and to being environmentally responsible. This means we buy our food and services locally whenever possible, thus supporting local businesses and reducing our food miles; we use our allotment to grow produce for use in the café; we recycle as much as possible, including drinks cans and crisp packets; and we recently organised a school uniform event.