The City Farm Café is a beautiful space set on the edge of Windmill Hill City Farm. It was reopened after a major expansion and refurbishment in May 2017. 36 guests can be comfortably seated or the space can hold 60 standing.
In the lighter summer evenings, it’s a bright, welcoming space and the doors can be left open to let the outside in. On darker nights we decorate it with twinkly lights and candles for a cosy glow. We’ve hosted birthday parties, theatrical performances, fundraisers, and even a wedding, complete with Ceilidh.
The space is also available for pop-ups and supper clubs, with use of our modern kitchen if required – get in touch to discuss your plans and we can work with you to come up with a suitable package. For party hire, there are various options, depending on your requirements.
The space is available to hire in the evenings only, from 6.00pm until 10.00pm. Earlier arrival times may be possible by prior arrangement (see FAQs below).
Contact us – stating which dates and times you would like to hire the Café, and what the nature of the booking is (e.g. wedding reception, birthday party, etc.). The Café isn’t included on our public online bookings calendar as we need to assess whether each potential booking is feasible before making the booking.
Café Hire FAQs
What is the price to hire the Café? We charge different rates depending on whether you also order catering/bar service from us. With catering/bar service we charge £60 per hour, and without we charge £80 per hour.
When is the Café available? The Café is available to book every evening from 18:00 until 22:00.
Can we begin our booking before 18:00? Is there a charge for this? Yes, we can begin your booking before 18:00, but we will need to add a surcharge to cover lost earnings and overtime for our cleaners.
The surcharge structure is as follows:
- Access from 6pm – normal rates (either £60 with catering or £80 per hour without).
- Access from 17:30-18:00 – normal rates plus £30 surcharge
- Access from 17:00-18:00 – normal rates plus £60 surcharge
- Access from 16:00-18:00 – normal rates plus £220 surcharge
Can we use the kitchen? You can – we have hosted everything from supper clubs to fundraising charity dinners – just get in touch to discuss your plans and we can work with you to come up with a suitable package.
How can I add catering to my order? Once your booking of the Café is made, you will be put in touch with our Café manager, who will be able to talk you through your options.
I’ll provide my own food & drinks – is there a corkage fee? Can I hire crockery and glasses? Yes, we do charge for corkage at £1.50/head. Glass hire is £1/head, and crockery & cutlery hire is £2/place setting.
Can I play music? Certainly – we hire out a speaker system for £50 that can connect to anything with a headphone socket, and even has microphones for karaoke! You are also free to bring your own speakers if you wish.