A Rugby World Cup winner is to open a new café in Bourton-on-the-Water next week.

The victor in question, ex-England captain and British and Irish Lion Phil Vickery, will present The Nest Kitchen and Café, an addition to Birdland Park & Gardens.

The cafe is set to open on Thursday, December 7, with customers also invited to enjoy a 10 per cent discount over the weekend of Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10.



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Famed for his prowess and aggression on the rugby pitch, the former tighthead prop has since embarked on a successful career in the culinary world after winning Celebrity Masterchef in 2011.

Mr Vickery, who spent 11-years in Cherry and White at Gloucester Rugby and boasts 73 caps for England, now works in partnership with food service company Creed, who will supply the new café with their produce.

Evesham Journal: The former British and Irish Lion has gone on to a successful career in the culinary world after

The menu promises a variety of options, from staples such as sandwiches and salads, to potatoes or rice with toppings including pulled pork, beef chilli or halloumi.

Aside from the café, the park has also constructed a changing places facility, a fully accessible toilet for visitors with limited mobility.

Birdland general manager Simon Cox said: "We’re always looking to make improvements to make the visitor experience as enjoyable as possible and the newly-renovated café and toilet are great examples of that.

"We are open all year round so we want to ensure that everyone who comes to visit us has a day to remember."

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The park's existing attractions include Penguin Shore enclosure, home to Spike the King Penguin, a resident celebrity with over 18,000 Facebook followers who won the title of Most Popular Penguin in the World, as revealed on BBC's The One Show.

The park also includes such as pelican and flamingo feeding displays, the Out of Africa area where visitors can meet exotic animals and a Jurassic Journey where dinosaurs like the T-Rex and brachiosaurus can be spotted through the trees.

The park, which features wildlife, woodland, riverside, and gardens, remains open throughout the Christmas holidays, closing only on Christmas Day.

Visit www.birdland.co.uk for more information.