Great Vegetarian Food
The café menu is now not only vegetarian but Vegan. If you have never tried fresh, homemade vegetarian food this is a good place to be surprised. Prices offer great value for money. The friendly staff are also happy to discuss bookings for private functions. The Café is run by ‘Raw Ingredients’, a Community Interest Company, independently but in partnership with Christ Church.
A great place for a lunch or an evening meal, and coffee and cake is on offer all day. The café is located next to the church, only minutes away from Oval tube. As well as the café area downstairs there is additional seating upstairs and outside, both at the front and in the quiet garden behind.
For further details, including current opening times, visit http://wwwcafevangogh.co.uk
Why ‘Van Gogh’?
The artist Vincent van Gogh lived for a few months around the corner in Hackford Road. So when the café was first built it was decided to reflect this local history.
Why at the church?
The café was built in the early 1990’s at a time which Christ Church was developing a major programme of community engagement. The building was designed to echo the architecture of the church.
To begin with it was run by a team linked directly with the church, including many volunteers gaining work experience. Later the premises was leased to a charity working to provide work training and employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties.
From the very start there were problems with the layout of the cafe and when the first tenants left, after a long closure during which plans were drawn up and funding arranged, some significant internal alterations were made. These completed the church was very pleased to welcome Raw Ingredients as tenants.
One of the ways which Raw Ingredients meets its objectives as a Community Interest Company is to employ local people and to offer a range of work experience placements.
The café has also built a link with our school, buying fresh produce grown at the school.