The Hive Café is a social enterprise and the home of Growhampton. The Hive Café opened in 2014, and due to popular demand, it was able to expand its premises in 2015, after successful crowd funding.
The Hive is an ethical and environmentally conscious coffee shop, serving up homemade wholesome hot food, made lovingly by our in-house chef. It is also the only idependant catering outlet on campus, meaning every £ you spend in the café, goes straight back into the Growhampton project. Allowing us to continue working towards a better tomorrow.
At The Hive we care about where our ingredients is coming from and choose suppliers that adhere to the same values as us. We want to make delicious and wholesome food as sustainable and affordable as possible as well as being inclusive of different dietary needs. Our daily special is always plant-based, and we use local and seasonal fruit/veg were possible generally supplied by our own campus, or a trusted farm in Kent.
We aim to be free of all food waste, so if there is any food leftover at the end of the day, we ensure customers/staff don't go home empty handed! Our chickens don’t lose out either, as all our vegetable scraps ends up with them, and they love it!
We are very concerned about our environment, and do our very best to reduce plastic use to a minimum and we only stock compostable 'to go' items such as cups and food boxes, BUT we would still absolutely love it if our customers could bring in their own cups and tupperware to cut down on unnecessary waste!
Our delicious coffee is a Mathew Algae tiki blend. It's triple certified meaning it's certified Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic. It's a blend of coffee beans from Indonesia, Peru, Ethiopia and Honduras. It has a bright, sweet aroma followed by soft roast notes with a hint of fruit!
We stock organic dairy milk as well as Oatly (our personal favourite) and Rude Health Almond mylk. We make our own chai tea from a special blend of masala spices, black tea, sugar and vanilla essence (it's delicious!), as well as stocking a range of Suki herbal Teas, Green and Blacks hot choccy and organic and faitrade cold drinks if you're not keen on caffeine!