Temporary Opening Hours 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Booking is advised.
Book a Table
A fully accessible cafe in a famous old building.
The important things that we believe in for everybody
Your Name (required)
Your Email (required)
Inspired Community Enterprise Trust LTD (ICET) was set up in November 2011 with the aim of responding to the voice of young disabled people who shared their concerns and fears about the lack of employment, Further Education and community-based opportunities available to young people with additional support needs.
Young people wanted us to develop employment and training opportunities and enable their wider community relationships and citizenship opportunities.
We acquired the use of the former Townhead Church building which was latterly used as Dumfries Academy Dining Room, from Dumfries and Galloway Council. Following extensive refurbishment, the building includes a large contemporary community cafe, kitchen area and flexible training / meeting rooms The Usual Place opened on July 31st, 2015.
We created an innovative partnership with Dumfries and Galloway College and developed an accessible approach to delivering an externally accredited SVQ Qualification in Hospitality. Young people successfully piloted this qualification leading developments.
We now deliver 4 accessible SVQ’s and a range of other qualifications including Food Safety and First Aid
Before a young person can become a trainee at The Usual Place, they will complete a 12-week induction programme.
This programme is designed for people aged 14-26 years who have additional support needs.
The programme has several aims:
Over the first six weeks, the volunteer will experience all aspects of our business while supported by a mentor.
The volunteer will spend two weeks in each of our key areas: the kitchen, the café and the retail shop.
After trialling each sector, the volunteer can pick their favourite to work in for their remaining six weeks.
At the end of this twelve-week placement the volunteer, if they so choose, will become a trainee at The Usual Place.
They will continue to gain life and work skills and experience while working towards an SVQ with a choice of professional cookery, hospitality services, retail services and facilities services.
In a rush and can’t stop for a sit-down meal?
Don’t worry – we have you covered!
Our takeaway menu is available for:
Order in advance for collection by calling us on 01387 253485.
View our Takeaway Menu
All of our food is made to order in our own kitchen.
Whether you’re after a hearty breakfast, a fulfilling lunch or a delicious treat, we are sure we will have the perfect meal for you!
Our delectable Afternoon Tea for Two is available from 1.45pm (or earlier if you pre-book!) and our impressive All Day Breakfast can be yours from £6.95, and is available until 3.30pm.
The Usual Place has gained the Healthy Living Award.
A range of vegetarian and vegan options are available, and we can accommodate most dietary requirements.
Pre-book your meal by calling 01387 253485 or emailing email@example.com.
View our Main Menu
Our beautiful and historic refurbished church building is the perfect backdrop for a magical wedding day.
Whether you are looking for an all-day package, a ceremony or a reception, we have catering options to suit your needs:
View Wedding Menu
Local businesses and parties can order food from The Usual Place straight to their door!
The available options include pre-made meals such as soup, buffet options including sandwiches, nibbles and canapes or even our popular Afternoon Tea!
Please contact us to arrange a bespoke package, or to make pricing enquiries, on 01387253485 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a corporate event, party or canape night coming up?
Why not have it at The Usual Place?
For full information on corporate hire, please visit our Venue Hire page.
Have a look at our options below:
View Corporate Menu
View Room Hire Menu
Email address for confirmation and invoicing
Times : From To:
How many people attending?
Please note that access to the room is available for a maximum of 15 minutes both prior and after the meeting.
All rooms must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or be charged for the full amount.
Tea and coffee are available in the rooms, if required, and are detailed below:
Crombie Room, Small, £12.00 per hour, Max Conference Style(12), Max Theatre Style(24)
Thomson Room, Large, £15.00 per hour, Max Conference Style(25), Max Theatre Style(45)
Both rooms, £25.00 per hour
Cafe Area, price on application and all prices include VAT
Which room(s) do you require?
Crombie RoomThomson RoomBoth Rooms
Do you require the cafe area ?
Internet Access will be available in all rooms, please ask for the WiFi password.
Other services available are detailed below , please choose which you require:
ProjectorScreen(Fixed)Flipchart (Up to 3)LaptopConnection to Projector
Other catering is available on request, but the fixed menu is as follows:
Not RequiredTea & Coffee @ £1.00 per personTea&coffee and biscuit @ £1.50 per personTea&coffee and traybake @ £2.00 per personTea&coffee and scone @ £2.50 per person
Would you like to add Fruit Bowl @ £0.50 per person
Not RequiredSoup @ £3.50 per personSoup & Sandwiches @ £7.00 per personSandwiches @ £4.00 per personSoup,sandwiches,traybake @ £8.00 per personSandwiches and traybake @ £5.00 per person
Would you like to add Fruit Platter @ £2.00 per person
Special Dietary Requirements
Final numbers will be required 48 hours before the event and this will be the numbers charged for.
If you have any questions or queries then please contact Kate or Jayne on 01387 253485
or email email@example.com
This innovative training project will help young people improve their confidence, gain transferable skills in a real work environment and move into paid employment within mainstream workplaces.
Your Address (required)
Please tell us a little bit about your skills and why you are suitable for volunteering