Come and enjoy some fresh soup, a toastie, brew, cake or some light lunch at Lucie’s Café in Mossley – part of the Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore.

As part of our social enterprise we run a thriving community cafe serving affordable food and drinks. Lucie’s Café offers a variety of great value hot and cold drinks, food and sweet treats. Come and catch up over coffee and cake or combine your shopping trip with a spot of lunch.

We serve tasty, affordable food including our freshly prepared Soup of the Day, delicious toasties, jacket potato’s and daily specials.

We offer a relaxing dining space furnished with upcycled and vintage decor and with free Wi-Fi throughout. Lucie’s Café is also part of The Chatty Cafe Scheme – encouraging people to interact to help combat loneliness and isolation.


Who is Lucie?

Lucie Coutaz was instrumental in the birth of the Emmaus movement. For Abbé Pierre she was “the one, without whom, nothing would have been possible.”

Lucie Coutaz was born in Grenoble in 1899. After five years of paralysis, she recovered in Lourdes in 1921. A union leader for the French Confederation of Christian workers, she was recommended to Abbé Pierre in 1942, and joined the French Resistance with him during the Second World War. Abbé Pierre appealed to her again in 1945 and she became his parliamentary secretary.

Lucie was appreciated for her sense of action, availability, her discretion, leadership and efficiency. The true co-founder of the Emmaus movement alongside Abbé Pierre, she supported him with all of his work until she died on 16 May 1982. Even though Lucie worked behind the scenes, she became a pillar of strength and stability, not only to Abbé Pierre and the Emmaus community, but also to the local community. She was widely known as Mother Coutaz.

When it came to naming the new Emmaus Mossley café in 2015, our community members and supporters voted for the café to be named after Lucie. This will hopefully act as a lasting tribute and recognition for someone who played a vital role to early life of Emmaus.