Spike Island Café Gala Launch Dinner

On Friday evening, at about half past six, glamorously dressed people began arriving at Spike Island Café.  The scene was straight out the pages of Hello Magazine,  if Hello had any integrity and was interested in interesting people.  

It begins...

It begins...

The theme of the evening's food was a taste of Italy so we started with classic Negroni cocktails using vermouth made down the road by the Ethicurean, Bellinis using luscious Prosecco, made from grapes stomped on by beautiful Italians with very clean feet.

Exceptional negronis made with The Collector Vermouth.

Exceptional negronis made with The Collector Vermouth.

Delicious canapés were handed round, little toasts with peppers, tomatoes, fresh sheep's cheese, pomegranate and smoked fish... Negronis were sipped, the place filled up.

Here they come

Here they come

Threading his way through the throng was a tall man who beguiled the guests with magic, sleights of hand, tricks with cards and coins and as eyes widened his smile said you will never, ever know how...

Guests took their organic Italian wine to their tables, took their seats, and were served course after course of heavenly dishes cooked by a sweaty team of chefs under the strict eye of the head master, he of the Food and Farming Local Hero Awards.

Set for take off...

Set for take off...

Starter of broad beans, fresh peas, peashoots, home made goat's milk curd, Ligurian olive oil & Amalfi lemons.

Starter of broad beans, fresh peas, peashoots, home made goat's milk curd, Ligurian olive oil & Amalfi lemons.

The evening wore on, heavenly food and wine was consumed, talk was of happy things, the chefs took a bow, little speeches were made and Lady Nade sang songs of complicated love that made everyone pretend they had lost a dust mote in their eye.

Lady Nade, perched atop the counter, mesmerising everyone.

Lady Nade, perched atop the counter, mesmerising everyone.

It was a perfect way to launch this wonderful new café space, showcasing it's adaptability and charm (not  a word you would have used for it before) and we hope that this is just first of many events like this.  

All pictures courtesy of @moodycolin 

Progress.

After the euphoria of our suberbly successful Crowdfund it's been all hands to the tiller, or some such nautical metaphor, us being on an island surrounded by water, you get the drift...

Anyway, Shape Studio chaps Tom and James did a couple of all nighters plus a whole Sunday while we were closed and here are some of the results.

It's a Rothko.

It's a Rothko.

Blank canvas

Blank canvas

Tom with one of his clever drills with a torch on it.

Tom with one of his clever drills with a torch on it.

Leigh-Anne adding the squidge - calico covered as a holding fabric, waiting for the real thing.

Leigh-Anne adding the squidge - calico covered as a holding fabric, waiting for the real thing.

All coming together nicely.

All coming together nicely.

Beautiful Wych elm counter settling into its new home - the cracks will eventually be filled with coloured epoxy resin.

Beautiful Wych elm counter settling into its new home - the cracks will eventually be filled with coloured epoxy resin.

Shelves just waiting to be filled. More soon!

Shelves just waiting to be filled.

More soon!

A new start - come and be a part of it!

Welcome to our first Spike Island Café news bulletin, brought to you by the makers of the much loved Folk House Café.  On 1st December 2015 we moved into Spike Island Café and started cooking.  We met the locals, the regulars and the suspicious, have poured coffees, teas and soup, battled new tills and grills, fed the people and now we feel like we are home and settled in our new community.  Thank you all for welcoming us so warmly!

Be a part of our transformation!

Already two thirds of the way there please take the time to visit our crowdfunding page by clicking on the poster above, and pledge if you can. 


We want to attract local people and also reach out across Bristol to engage new people. To help us do this we have great plans to transform the interior into a vibrant, ethical arts café to complement Spike Island, an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design.  We are crowdfunding to pay for this transformation so we can use the best artisans, the best local people and skills to make this a truly collaborative project.

There are some enticing rewards to help you decide to pledge, from a groovy Spike Café mug to having the whole café for your own party... check them out!

Some of the things your money will go towards:

  • training and mentoring of our cooks to understand the ethics and sustainability in food
  • hiring the best local designers and makers to help create a perfect space for the whole community
  • hiring weavers and upholsterers who are keeping valuable skills alive

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 - whatever the reason you visit we want you to want to come back.

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Just bring your own mug!  If you choose the Mug Reward from our Crowdfunder Campaign, just think, you can use that forever after.

Wedding venue required? Big birthday coming up?

Pledge for your party HERE! £900 includes canapés and a welcome drink, plus the venue for a whole evening.
We can of course add superb catering, music, balloons and whatever else you might want for your perfect day - just ask0117 954 4030.

The cafe is available to hire with or without pledging - call for more information.