Coffee and cake in comfort
The Birch Tree Café will serve up delicious cakes, snacks and treats, as well as the finest teas and barista-made coffee. We want to become renowned as much for the quality of our food and drink as for the standard of our service and the welcoming ambiance of our surroundings.
The café will be run by young people with Down’s Syndrome, supported by volunteers and other employed staff.It will provide a vibrant meeting place for the whole community, and for the many cyclists, walkers and visitors who pass through Easton on the Hill. As well as the bright, spacious and comfortable café, there will be plenty of outdoor seating, a vegetable garden and lots of parking space in this picturesque rural setting.
More than a café… a hub for the community
As well as running a café, our young people will be able to enjoy tranquil outdoor spaces and a garden for horticulture and vegetable growing. We will work with the community to support and host local events, and involve local groups in a variety of activities. The kitchen will be large enough to run cookery events and classes. There will be office and classroom space for speech and occupational therapy sessions, and we hope to become a community-centred meeting and socialising venue, with special evening and weekend events.
In a collaboration with the University of Northampton, we challenged second year students undertaking a BA in Interior Architecture and Spatial Design to come up with a design for our new café. There were some incredible responses, and we were delighted with the exciting and sympathetic designs they came up with.