The aim of Chatty Café is to encourage people to talk to others. The initiative is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant son, where she noticed that no one was talking to each other. She found that simply putting ‘Chatter & Natter’ signs on tables in cafes created a space for people to talk.
Alexandra said: “The Chatty Café is thrilled to welcome Squire’s to our scheme. Their lovely café bars are a perfect setting for Chatter & Natter tables. Anyone can join in and chat over a coffee – if you’re on your own, in a couple, with a friend, young people, old people and anyone in between. It’s just about having good old fashioned human interaction – and the relaxed environment of Squire’s Café Bars will hopefully allow for lots of happy chatting!”
Sarah Squire, chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, commented: “In this age of social media it’s so important to make an effort to talk to others face to face. So for those who would like a bit of real social interaction, simply sit at a ‘Chatter & Natter’ table at Squire’s and you can talk to other customers. I believe a short conversation with another human can really brighten your day. Everyone’s welcome, and it’s a great way to meet people in your local community.”
There will be Chatter & Natter tables every Tuesday morning (plus other days throughout the week too) at Squire’s Café Bars in all 16 of its garden centres located in Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, north and west London.