Board game cafe opens in former health store in Wellington

Boardroom Gaming Cafe recently opened in Wellington, Telford. From left to right: Jon Drew, Jacob Drew, Jenni Drew and Luke Drew

Jon Drew, 39, and his wife, Jenni, 35, set up the Boardroom Gaming Cafe in New Street, Wellington with brothers Jacob Drew, 27, and Luke Drew, 32.

The four administrators decided to go into the business during the lockdown and carried out an expensive renovation program in a former health food store.

Jon said: “It’s a place where we have a library of games that people can rent and also enjoy coffee, tea and snacks.

“Guests can enjoy board, card and dice games.

“We also sell everything from dice to game books and imported Japanese manga comics to trading cards.

“People can come and sit and play games for £3 per person for two hours or half that price for under-12s and over-60s.

“We also offer sensory Sundays every week from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone who needs support such as Asperger’s or Autistic people.

“These mornings, we minimize the noise and the number of people in the cafe.

“The idea for the Boardroom Gaming Cafe came about when the four of us got together and due to Covid-19 and other things we discussed opening a business.

“Although it’s not a new concept, we all put our own ideas.

“It’s a tough business to pull off, but we’ve had incredible support from the community and the fans.

“We were eager to open up in Wellington as we see the city as booming.

“Telford and Wrekin Council have awarded a grant of £10,000 from their Revive and Thrive scheme.

“Currently we can accommodate 35 people, but we plan to expand the floor in three weeks, when we can accommodate 55 people at a time.

“Around the summer holidays, we will also have an operational game party room with an LED-lit streaming style.

“It will be an interactive board game area and private rental space.”

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