Spike Island Cafe Transformation

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

We did it!

On 11th Apr 2016 we successfully raised £10,260 of £9,000 target with 103 supporters in 28 days

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.



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