Brandon Cafés at Grimsbury Farm

We run two social enterprise cafes in the Bristol/South Gloucestershire area; Barn Café and The Hatch at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood. Brandon Trust has been involved with the café since it was created, initially alongside the Friends of Grimsbury Farm, until 2019.

The cafes provide opportunities for training and paid employment in catering and hospitality.

The aim is to provide a working environment to support and develop transferable work and personal skills that will enable individuals to gain future employment. We offer opportunities for individuals to grow and develop at their own pace and to their own level, and to promote a sense of pride and responsibility in what is achieved. We encourage the development of social skills for individuals to grow in confidence and to be able to live the lives they choose.

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Trainees and Supported Employees

A man serving two ladies sat at a table a handmade sandwich in a cafe

Our trainees and supported employees are at the heart of the service we offer; running a busy café, serving customers, not just from within our cafes but also within the beautiful tea huts serving afternoon teas, hosting parties and a range of events, and preparing orders for our popular buffets.

We make and sell delicious, freshly prepared hot and cold food and tasty homemade cakes. Our trainees are involved at every step and are supported to prepare and serve at the point of sale and dispatch to tables. Our trainees and supported employees are involved in menu planning and sharing ideas on promoting the café and new areas to develop.

The cafés provide a supported working environment and offer opportunities to develop transferable work and personal skills that will help individuals to gain future employment. We offer opportunities for individuals to grow and develop at their own pace and to their own level. Being part of a team with such outcomes, creates a sense of pride and responsibility in what is achieved. Social skills are developed through experience, so individuals grow in confidence to be able to live the lives they choose.

Facilities and accessibility

Grimsbury Farm Cafe outdoor seating area

There is outside seating at both cafes, including a picnic area and covered area outside the Hatch, and five lovely, wooden covered pods, two of which overlook the duck pond. Both the indoor seating and pods can be reserved. We welcome groups such as cycling groups, walkers, and social groups.

We are fully accessible with ground level entrance/ramp, and there are disabled facilities and baby changing facilities onsite.

We hold social events throughout the year for our trainees and supported employees, giving them a chance to socialise outside of work, build team skills, recognise and celebrate achievements, and engage with families and wider support networks.

Enquire about supported employment and trainee placements

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A placement fee is charged for each trainee or supported employee position at our social enterprises.

Placements are provided for 46 weeks of the year. There are weeks that we close (Christmas, Easter etc). There are weeks where you can choose to take leave from your placement. The process will be explained to you if you receive a placement with us.


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Please be aware that placements at our social enterprises often start at trainee level and progress to supported employment where you then receive a wage for the hours you work. We also work with agencies which aim to help you gain paid employment in the open job market.

Barn Café

A ham salad sandwich and hot drink

Opening times:

  • 1 April – 31 October, 9.30am – 4.00pm
  • 1 November – 31 March, 9.00am – 3.30pm, 6 days a week. 10am on Sundays

Menu details:

  • Please see the attached current menu options. Please note: Menus change regularly through the seasons, but our staples are:
  • Menu: fresh sandwiches, panini, jacket potatoes, burgers (vegan and beef), sausage/vegan sausage, bacon baps, snacks, bottled soft drinks, kids’ carton drinks, pancakes, cream teas, homemade cakes, wide selection of tea, variety of coffee, and hot chocolate. (Menu attached, plus seasonal specials that vary)

The Hatch

Ice cream on sale at Brandon Trust's Hatch cafe at Grimsbury Farm

Opening times: 1 April – 31 October, 9.00am – 4pm

1 November – 31 March, 9.00am – 3.30pm, 7 days a week.

Menu: Pasties, sausage rolls, hot dogs, chocolate bars, homemade cakes, gluten-free and vegan options, crisps, sweets, canned soft drinks, kids’ carton drinks, ice cream, selection of tea, real bean coffee. Cream teas to take away.

Parties, buffets, hut hire and afternoon teas

Parties, buffets, hut hire, and afternoon teas, can be booked via our Facebook page Brandon Cafes @ Grimsbury Farm or by emailing bt.grimsburycafes@brandontrust.org 

You can also book by calling 07464 671081 or 07493 867111 or by visiting The Hatch and speaking to staff.

Parties: £90 for 10 children – catered with children’s afternoon tea and two hours’ exclusive use of the tea huts.

Self-catering parties: £40 for two hours’ hire of the tea huts and garden. Food not included.

Deposit: £30, fully refunded on the day on return of a clean tea hut on time.

Buffets from £5.95 per person.

Afternoon teas: £18.95 per person for adults, £6.95 per person for kids. Price includes exclusive use of a tea hut.

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Grimsbury Community Farm

To find out more about Grimsbury Community Farm, run by South Gloucestershire Council, visit their website.