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We’re looking for a new café provider at Wysing!

Café Abantu, who have been Wysing’s resident café for the past 18 months successfully operating from our site six days a week and winning the regional heat of Britain’s Best Café award in November of this year, have taken the decision to act upon a rare opportunity to relocate to a new site.

We'll be sad to see them go, but the move has created an opportunity for a new café provider at Wysing. We invite expressions of interest in response to this opportunity.

Download a PDF of detailed information, here.

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Current customers to the café include regulars from the surrounding villages and beyond, and visitors to Wysing’s site including to exhibitions and our wide-ranging events programme. The café is also becoming popular with cycling groups and there is scope to expand this offer.

Ideally, we are looking for a small to medium artisan catering or food business that needs premises to work from, who can provide a food offer for café customers, both those coming for the café and those who are visitors to Wysing’s busy programme of events across the year, serving a good quality menu that includes vegetarian and vegan options, and who can also provide catering for Wysing’s external space hires and other Wysing activity.

Alongside providing a lunch, and possibly brunch or breakfast menu for the public, there is an opportunity to use Wysing as a base for activity that might include producing for other outlets, and even running cookery classes. We are open to hearing about potential new approaches.

The café set-up is ready to go with catering equipment in place, alongside furnishings and a dedicated storage area. The café has been operating Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays 10am to 4pm offering breakfast and lunch and afternoon tea There is scope to reduce the opening hours to a more focused lunch-time offer, and to open on Sundays.

The seating area measures 13 x 5.3 m (approx. 67 square metres) with an additional kitchen area, measuring 3.5 x 5.3 m (including counter and cupboards). The two rooms are connected via an open hatch.

There is an outdoor seating area with wooden picnic tables and there is scope to explore an onsite allotment to provide vegetables and produce if of interest. There is ample parking space for vehicles on site and easy access to the kitchen area for deliveries.

We are inviting expressions of interest in this opportunity and ask that you provide a written proposal to include:

- Information on your business and the type of food you are producing or would produce; please provide an overview of your food offer with prices.
- How you see your business operating at Wysing and how being at Wysing would support the development of your business.
- An overview of relevant experience and skills.
- Outline income and expenditure budget for the first year of operation.

If you would like to visit the site for a tour and an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Katy Drake, Wysing’s Deputy Director on 01954 718881.

Expressions of interest should be sent to Katy by the deadline of 31 January 2018, on katy.drake@wysingartscentre.org

Download a PDF of detailed information, here.