The Hornbeam Centre & COVID-19

The Hornbeam Centre recognises the need generated by the social-distancing and isolation measures coming to bear on the population and we want to support all our residents that are vulnerable and in self isolation. The Hornbeam Food Redistribution Network: We redistribute food to other community food projects, community kitchens or groups of people providing free […]

Tues-Wed Pay-What-You-Feel Community Cafe

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we are running a warm and friendly Pay-What-You-Feel community cafe with a focus on organic and surplus food. 10-4pm We make tasty, homely breakfast and lunch and all of our ingredients are either surplus or organic. Many are both. We don’t have prices. Instead, we run on a pay-what-you-feel basis. That […]

What the Fattoush? Current Test Kitchen

We are delighted to have What the Fattoush? are our current Test Kitchen  (What is a Test Kitchen?) What the Fattoush? are serving plant-based, Palestinian plates alongside coffee, cakes and pastries at The Hornbeam this spring and summer. What the Fattoush? is a plant-based, Palestinian street food company founded by best friends Jess and Meg. They were […]

What the Fattoush? Palestinian Night menus

PALESTINIAN NIGHTS Plant-based, Palestinian Plates STARTERS Fatteh £6 / £8.5 The Middle East’s answer to nachos – pitta chips loaded with South Levantine stew, Gazan guac (avo, harissalabneh,sumac and sesame seeds), pickled chillies and pomegranate seeds *£1 from every fatteh ordered goes directly to @Skate_Pal Trio of dips £8.5 (gf option) Baba Ghanoush (smoked aubergine […]

A remarkable journey – 25 years

This weekend (20 April 2019) the Hornbeam’s founder members gathered to celebrate the Centre’s 25th birthday milestone. They shared stories with us of this remarkable journey. The Hornbeam started with a dream in the hearts of two people – Jowanna Lewis and Diane Sizer in 1994. With around 100 volunteers  and much dedication, commitment and […]

The Story of building The Hornbeam

This article first appeared as a magazine article in Stories from the Grassroots in 1994. So long… and thanks for all the dust. That was the title penned by a friend and co-volunteer for his novel about our experiences building The Hornbeam. We’d spent an entire Sunday chipping loose plaster off the walls and doubted […]