The Black Cat Café is Northleach Church's very own community cafe. Situated in the corner of the market-place adjacent to the post office and footpath into the churchyard, the Black Cat serves wonderful coffee and tea from ethically traded sources, and a wide range of home cooked lunches and teas. Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm, the cafe welcomes dogs, walkers, cyclists and tourists from around the world!
The Black Cat first opened in 2013 on the ground floor of the building that many local people still call “The Old Woolhouse”. By 2017 the owner, Dottie Fleming, sought a buyer for the café and the building and much local speculation ensued about its future and possible loss to the town.
In the Spring of that year the Rector of Northleach, Revd David Ford, expressed interest in the café being saved for the community and this led to the formation of the Northleach Church and Town Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise company owned by the local church. On 30th August 2017 the café and building passed into the ownership of the new company.
The Black Cat Café is now enjoying renewed popularity, aided by its clear social objectives:
- to operate ethically as an employer and local trader
- to provide café and community space to meet the needs of the whole community, especially the most disadvantaged
- to provide a visible presence for the local church in the town market-place
- to generate healthy profits so as to be able to re-invest in church and community organisations and activities that help residents directly, especially the young, families and other vulnerable groups.
All the staff at the café are paid employees. Supporting them is a wider group of Directors, volunteers, friends and supporters who are committed to the project’s success. If you are interested in helping, please leave your name and an email address with any member of staff. Thank you!