OTB Café and OTB Choices have now temporarily closed to our members due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  We have re-opened the cafe for take-out only Fridays and Saturdays 10-2pm 


Outside the Box (OTB) is run by registered charity Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd and based in West Yorkshire. In 2103 we launched our community café and since our launch Outside the Box has gone from strength to strength: expanding our services. Utilising our innovative, ‘can do’ approach’ to supporting members, we increased our range of services to include the OTB Choices and the OTB Works programmes. Find more about all our services by accessing our prospectus by clicking here



Outside the Box brings a fresh approach to enabling adults and young people who have learning disabilities and other support needs to achieve more and have greater independence, choice and fulfillment in their lives. We think ‘outside the box’ and do things differently so that people who need our support can fulfill their potential, enjoy their lives, be healthy and active in their local community. 


“I am so much more confident. I was nervous when I started but now I have two jobs and am always busy. I love it”



Our community café is a thriving and popular place much loved by many customers. It won the Ilkley Hospitality Business of the Year 2017 and People’s Choice Award 2018 and has been featured by the BBC and The Guardian for its work with members and the local community.


The café offers a supported work environment that helps members gain real experience, develop new skills and increase their confidence, social and community connections. 


“Outside the Box gives me a boost! vibrant, yet relaxing, lovely atmosphere and decor.  Real community feel. The children loved it, and I did too!”


“What a lovely community café. The staff and volunteers made us feel very welcome, great coffee and superb service.”


 We are open 7 days a week 9am to 4pm. If you want to enquire about using or hiring the café just pop in.


Tel: 01943 431173 or Email: cafe@outsidetheboxcafe.com


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