Spike Island Cafe Transformation

by Spike Island Cafe in Spike Island

We did it
On 11th April 2016 we successfully raised £10,260 with 103 supporters in 28 days

Help transform this amazing space into a thriving arts café, as part of the #BetterBristol campaign.

by Spike Island Cafe in Spike Island

New stretch target

We hit our target , thank you all!!!  But it's not over 'til the fat lady sings (which is on Monday at 6pm) so we are going for a stretch!  Keep sharing and pledging if you can.

This extra money will mean that we can employ Dash & Miller to create a bespoke Spike Island Fabric for the upholstry in the café.  Why bespoke?  This will showcase the work that Dash & Miller can do using eco waste yarns and it will bring together all the elements of the new café look, helping create a clear identity for the café.  Juliet and Franki have already been to the café and the surrounding area to find inspiration for this design - they are just waiting for the go ahead - we are standing ready to push that button.  

Can we do it?  Yes, let's make it it happen!


We are delighted to announce that Triodos Bank will match fund our last £1,500 if we can get to £7,500 by the close of our crowdfund!! So if we get to £7,500, we have made it! Thanks also to our other business sponsors Clifton Coffee Roasters and Bristol's Greenhouse B&B, both instrumental in helping us get this far. 

Spike Island Café Transformation

Artful food, no artifice. #BetterBristol

What is Spike Island Café?

Spike Island Café is under new ownership, brought to you by the makers of the fabulous Folk House Café.  Help make it an even better place with us; a place to meet, eat, drink and engage with fantastic art – a welcoming hub that local artists, creative local businesses and the whole community will call their own.

Spike Island Café in its current form wasborn in 2007.  It was designed by Caruso St. John Architects to reflect its previous life as a Brooke Bond tea packing factory, referencing a workers canteen.  

In December 2015 we were asked by Spike Island to take on the running of the café, as a separate and independent business. We would like to take it to another, warmer level, reflecting the creative environment within which it sits, forging a new identity as a place of welcome, good food and with a comfortable and easy atmosphere.

"We awarded Liz Haughton the tender for the Spike Island café as she has an excellent reputation throughout Bristol for her vision at The Folk House Café on Park Street. We're working together to realise our aspirations for the café which sees Liz bring delicious, locally sourced and ethical food to the diverse community who visit and work at Spike Island."

Lhosa Daly, Deputy Director Spike Island 

What we're creating

A vibrant, ethical arts café set within an international centre for the developement of contemporary art and design.

The café space is large and bright and a perfect meeting place for everyone in the Spike Island building, from University of West England students and incubator design companies in Spike Design, to the artists and creatives housed in the many studios and offices throughout the building. Our ambition is to keep a clean, modern feel which reflects the integrity of being associated with a cutting edge contemporary gallery. We will introduce beautiful wood, colour, gentle lighting, soft seating, shelves for books on art and food and lovely plants to soften and warm the space.

This is a first draft design from Shape Studios to show how the shelving will work, intergrating the banquette seating.  Picture these filled with lush plants and art books.  The counter running along the window will be made from one specially chosen piece of wood and will create a wonderful place to sit and work, read a book or simply day dream as you people watch and keep an eye on the tide rolling into the Cut opposite.

We want to attract local people as well as reach out across Bristol and to engage new visitors with our business.  Our ambition is for Spike Island Café to be a destination in its own right, hosting a variety of events including talks, baby art hour, acoustic music and dance nights.  Join us as we showcase and celebrate what this creative city has to offer.

Food is our thing and we are really good at it, but good food alone is not enough. We need your help to bring together all the components that will make Spike Island Café a success - carefully sourced, organic, local and delicious food and a well stocked friendly bar, warm welcoming lighting, visually interesting surroundings and comfortable seating; whatever the reason you visit we want you to come back.

The people we will work with

Some of Bristol's great visionaries and artisans...

To achieve this vision, with your help, we will be working some of Bristol's most creative and talented designers and makers.  Bristol has an astonishing array of creative, independent businesses and co-operatives.  It is our belief that by working in collaboration we will create a value greater than its separate parts. It is artisanal, painstaking work using techniques and skills we need to nuture as a culture; it costs more than going to Ikea. By supporting our campaign, you will also support these businesses.

Shape Studio - designer maker brothers - to design and build all shelving, counters, light boxes & tables.

Bristol Upholstery Collective - founder Leigh-Anne Treadwell - to upholster a long banquette on the back wall and low seating area.

Dash and Miller - designers and makers of fabric using hand looms - to make a bespoke Spike Island Café fabric from re-cycled commercial yarns.

Miller Design - design team behind many labels and logos around town - designers of our logo and website .

Barny Haughton - the godfather of Bristol chefs - mentoring the kitchen team, teaching classes at Square Food Foundation

Food & Theatre Company - event creators and theatrical wizards, they will help create the community dinner for the launch of the new cafe and other events throughout the year.

Behind the project - Liz Haughton

The Spike Island Cafe appealed to Liz as she sees its potential as a social hub for everyone - artists, local residents, tourists and creative local businesses - in sharing a joy in food, art and design.

Liz Haughton is the owner and operator of the Spike Island Café.  She is sister to Barny Haughton of Square Food Foundation and Phil Haughton of the Better Food Company. These three are just under one third of their siblings and all three are passionate about good food, sustainably grown and properly cooked. Liz has been in catering on and off since she was 17 when she started waitressing as a poverty stricken art student.

Never quite finding her niche in the world of art and photography, Liz leaned more and more toward a career in catering without really noticing it. Learning her trade in places like the Groucho Club, 192 in Notting Hill and most importantly in the River Cafe, all in London, she also worked in Bristol on an ad hoc basis for Barny when he owned and cooked in Rocinantes and Quartier Vert. On moving full time to Bristolin 1995, swearing never to work in catering again, Liz went to work for Phil at the nascent Better Food Company, starting by wo-manning the phones for the home delivery service and moving naturally into marketing as time went on.

Catering's lure held out however, and Liz took over the Folk House Cafe in 2006, which has since gone from strength to strength, and from that experience comes a wealth of knowledge which, along with your pledges, will help build solid foundations for Spike Island Café .  

What your money goes toward:

We are hoping to raise £9000 - this is where the money will go:

• Design, make and fit of all shelving, new tables, window counter, mobile bar, light boxes

• Upholstering banquette seating and low seating area with bespoke Spike Island Café fabric

• Painting and decorating the café

• Training and mentoring of cooks

• Fitting out of shelves with books to read and/or buy

• Buying of plants and pots and ongoing professional plant care

• Chairs and tables - new and refurbished

• New blinds/curtains

• Expert advice on sound insulation

Part of a #BetterBristol

Spike Island Cafe crowdfund is part of the #BetterBristol project by Crowdfunder, making Bristol a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all, on track to raise £1million+ for projects, community groups, businesses, charities and individuals in Bristol and the city region.

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Any hot drink of your choice when you come in after the close of the campaign. a huge thank you for believing in us and being a part of the transformation, , and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Any hot drink of your choice plus a gorgeous salad box from our salad bar. Plus a huge thank you for believing in us and being a part of the transformation, with your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Say hello to your brand new Spike Island Cafe mug! You'll get 20p off your hot drinks whenever you come in with it. Plus have a first hot drink of your choice on us, and your name on our website crowdfunder page. If you're not in Bristol, no worry, we'll send it to you!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A brand new Spike Island Cafe mug plus 3 free hot drinks and 3 slices of any cake (not necessarily at the same time!) And of course, your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£40 or more

9 of 20 claimed

£40 Reward

Sponsor a chair! We will paint your name on a chair of your choice. Or you can give it whatever name you like - within reason!! And of course your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£50 or more

30 of 29 claimed

£50 Reward

Gala Dinner Guest - a place at our fabulous summer gala community dinner, 'A Taste of Italy', to launch our newly transformed café. cooked by chef supremo Barny Haughton on Friday 20th May 2016. Menu: Bruschetti from the wood-fired oven: ...with peppers, tomatoes, fresh sheep’s cheese, pomegranate & smoked fish... A salad of broad beans, peas, home made goat’s milk curd, Ligurian olive oil & Almalfi lemons Spring lamb casserole in the Piedmont style OR Soft polenta, summer vegetables & pecorino Pannacotta Italian cheese Plus we'll chuck in one of our Spike Island Cafe mugs and of course your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A summer picnic for 4 in a special wicker hamper, direct from the cafe and our local suppliers - consisting of sandwiches, salads, crisps, cakes and drinks. Just give us notice and any dietary requirements and we'll prepare it especially for you on the day. Take it to the nearby Ashton Court estate on a summer's day or have it in our refurbished cafe. Plus of course a huge thank you and your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A special two course lunch and bottle of wine on a day of your choice, for you and a friend or loved one. Plus of course a huge thank you and your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Just because you can - you're not interested in any of our rewards specifically (or you're from a little further afield) but would love to support us anyway. Thank you SO much - we'll still put you on our thank you list on our website.

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Bottomless coffee! An entire month of whatever hot drink you want in one of our stylish Spike Island Café mugs (and if you forget to bring it you can still have it in one of our other ones), plus of course a mahoosive thank you for being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page! Note: "Month" to consist of one calendar month e.g. June 2016.

£90 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£90 Reward

Love to cook food? Earn this three hour evening cookery class of your choice at Square Food Foundation. Whatever cuisine you love, there is bound to be a class for you. Includes tasters, wine, a dinner or lunch cooked by the participants, and food to take home. Plus of course a massive thank you for believing in us and being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

A dish named after you! Choose a dish already served at the cafe, or dream up one not on our menu, then see it in lights - literally - whenever we serve it. Maxine's Mackerel Pate, Spaghetti a la George, Milly's Macaroni or Simon's Simple Pie. Awesome, right? Plus of course a massive thank you for believing in us and being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£150 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£150 Reward

Gala Dinner VIP - Share pre-dinner cocktails and canapés before taking your place at the table at our fabulous summer community dinner to launch our newly transformed café. Cooked by chef supremo Barny Haughton and on Friday 20th May 2016. Menu: Bruschetti from the wood-fired oven: ... with peppers, tomatoes, fresh sheep’s cheese, pomegranate & smoked fish... A salad of broad beans, peas, home made goat’s milk curd, Ligurian olive oil & Almalfi lemons Spring lamb casserole in the Piedmont style OR Soft polenta, summer vegetables & pecorino Pannacotta Italian cheese Plus we'll chuck in one of our Spike Island Cafe mugs and of course your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£150 or more

0 of 8 claimed

£150 Reward

REALLY love to cook food?? This one is for you. Earn a five hour cookery masterclass on a weekend day of your choice at Square Food Foundation - whatever cuisine you love there is bound to be a class for you. It includes tasters, wine, a dinner or lunch cooked by the participants, and food to take home. Plus of course a massive thank you for believing in us and being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£150 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

NEW REWARD - The Bath Ales Rugby Special! 2 x tickets to a Bath Rugby match during the 2016/17 season. PLUS a Bath Ales goodie bag to take you there, including a Bath Ales gift pack, Bath Ales hoodie, beanie and other goodies. Please note you must be over 18 to receive this reward. Seats likely to be in covered stands or better; match or a selection of matches to be chosen by Bath Ales once fixture list ready, either English Premiership or European fixture.

£300 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£300 Reward

Upholstery course with Leigh Anne Treadwell at the Bristol Upholstery Collective - a weekend or evening course, bringing your own piece of furniture to re-new and revive - you will learn a new craft and have the most incredible sense of achievement at the end, as well a new a piece of furniture! Equipment and refreshments included - just bring your fabric of choice. Plus of course a massive thank you for believing in us and being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Bottomless coffee supreme!! An entire year of whatever hot beverage you like in one of our stylish Spike Island Café mugs (and if you forget to bring it you can still have it in one of ours), plus of course a mahoosive thank you for being part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page!

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

An original work of art by Victoria Coombes. One of Spike Island's resident artists Victoria's painting are dripping with subtle and beautiful colours, with movement flowing through them. "Victoria Coombes was born in Oxford and studied painting in the Irish Republic gaining her Masters in Fine Art at the University of the West Of England. She now lives and works in Bristol and is a studio-based artist at Spike Island. "Her work is concerned with process and the manipulation of materials and surfaces. It is neither figurative nor representational work, it is more imagined interior landscapes that come about through structured decisions and happenstance." You would also of course get a big thank you for believing in us and being a part of the transformation and your name on our website crowdfunder page.

£900 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£900 Reward

Host your party here. Whatever you might be celebrating - a big birthday, wedding anniversary, new shoes or simply a feeling of 'joie de vivre', host your party in the newly transformed café with canapés and a welcome cocktail to kick your evening off (for up 50 people, cash bar thereafter); the café is yours for the evening. You can bring live music* or just plug in your iPod, and dance the night away. You will also of course get a big thank you and your name on our website crowdfunder page. Small print * may incur additional costs if tech support required.

£1,500 or more

£1,500 Reward

Business backer: we're looking for businesses aligned with our values to sponsor the refurbishment of the cafe. We'll display your logo prominently and on our website with a link to your own site, and spread your message through our own social media channels with a reach of over 5000 people. Please get in touch before pledging to find out more at spikeislandcafe@gmail.com .

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