The Hub is a Café, functional shop, meeting place and venue designed to meet the needs of a small rural community, as well as guests to the village. We are open every day with some late evenings through the summer for pizza nights and pop-up kitchens!
We are a unique celebration of everything local. The products, the people and the place. Bringing these things together in one place, we aim to offer a great range of products show casting local Food & Drink, as well as arts, crafts, activities, experiences and even camping equipment that can’t be found anywhere else. Everything you find here (with the exception of maybe Paracetamol and Nappies) has a story to tell.
In bringing all these people together and building network that works in a collaborative way we aim to support and promote other small businesses like our own, as well as supporting community projects and offering rural employment.
Providing a friendly service and amazing products and experiences in a fun, sustainable environment is incredibly important to us. We have followed in the footsteps of The Original Hut Company when creating The Hub.
Our Core Values
Our core values are to promote and support local businesses. We try to operate with minimal impact to the environment. We do this in a few different ways;
- We try to use local products wherever possible including supporting local butchers, cheese makers, wine producers and many more.
- We’re mindful of food miles by minimising the number of daily deliveries.
- Where possible we try to buy locally sourced, higher welfare meats. We always use British bacon, and where possible local bread and cheese.
- We only use biodegradable disposables for our takeaways!
- We make conscious decisions about trying to avoid purchasing items with single use plastic.
- We support our local businesses by offering opportunities with collaborations with workshops/events/markets!
- We use canned drinks over glass bottles where possible as the recycling process for a can is easier
We’ve worked hard over the past 4 years, not only to establish ourselves as a new café in the area but also as the hub for everything local! We have worked with a number of projects but here are a few of our favourites:
The Conservation Volunteers Trust
In 2019 we worked with the Conservation Volunteers Trust (TCV). The CVT work with local communities to help find resolutions to real-life challenges. Together we worked on one of the most paramount issues in every community; climate change. Working on the ‘ I dig Trees’ programme, in total there were over 12,000 trees planted on the farm.
We have worked with various local charities such as the Egg Tooth Project as well as St Michaels Hospice and Rwanda Aid. The Egg Tooth Project is an organisation filled with talented practitioners who have dedicated their lives to helping deprived young people in our local area. We have held St Michaels Hospices’ Summer Fayre for the past 2 years!
Since opening in 2016 we have only used Birchall Tea. This isn’t just out of taste – although it is delicious – but also because we care about where our money goes. It would be easy for us to purchase cheaper teabags, but we’re not all about the profit here. We want to make a difference. Birchall Tea ensures their products are sustainably sourced in a manner which respects both the tea but also the tea producers. Further to this they have also implemented an ecosystem programme and spent time planting indigenous trees in the area.
Supporting the local community during the Pandemic
COVID-19 affected everyone, globally, including us. We struggled hugely however were blessed with the re-opening of camping and glamping businesses in early July. To put it bluntly, this saved us. By August we were back in a position where we felt we could help others. Therefore, we looked to have a food van almost every evening in our garden to feed our campers! This gave local food trucks an opportunity to make an income at a time where most of their events, if not all of them, had been cancelled and offered our guests a broad menu at a time where capacity in other local venues was compromised.
During the pandemic we have been really happy to offer local grieving families an opportunity to hold their celebration of life service outside in a socially distanced safe environment. This has allowed them to celebrate the lives of loved ones with a broader circle of friends than they have been allowed in a crematorium.
Throughout lockdown we spent many hours growing, nurturing and looking after our own Quarry Farm Chickens. Whilst we did grow many from eggs (our kids loved it) we also re-homed many ex-battery hens. Battery Hens are chickens kept in tiny cages, in appalling conditions to mass produce eggs. We’re very happy we were given the opportunity to give some ex-battery chickens a new home with us on Quarry Farm! We even use some of our own eggs in the Café…