Generous pledges from residents, staff and students have ensured the future of the University of Roehampton’s popular Hive Café, and helped it expand to cater for even more visitors.
A last minute surge in cash promises towards the social enterprise café’s £20,000 Crowdfunder campaign saw the target reached less than three hours before the deadline.
The Hive Café is run by Growhampton, part of Roehampton Students’ Union. The café was built out of shipping containers, and the £20,000 will buy an extra container and pay for its installation, fitting out, decorating and an upgrade to the kitchen area. Once complete the seating space will be tripled.
Siobhan Kelly, President of Roehampton Students’ Union said: “We’re so pleased the Hive has beaten its Crowdfunder target, so massive thanks to all of our backers who donated. We’ve had local mums and dads who stop in every day after taking their children to school saying what a great place it is, as well as hundreds of people at the University.
“The Hive Café is now going to be bigger and better, but I can promise the relaxed look and feel, and the great food and drinks will not change, that’s what visitors love, and the whole Growhampton team are really pleased to be able to share it with more people.”
The expansion work is due to take place this summer and, by September, the café will re-open at more than twice the size, with a new outdoor seating area and ambience. It will continue to serve organic and fair trade food and coffee, some of which is made from produce grown on the campus.
The Hive was opened by Roehampton and Putney MP Justine Greening in May 2014, and has since been visited by the Mayor of Wandsworth. It has won a national Soil Association Award for best organic eating out venue.