The same warm & welcoming cafe for all; putting our community at the heart of everything we do.

Over the Covid-19 2020 pandemic, we spent five months closed to the public, transformed ourselves into a redistribution & cooking centre and worked with Food Friends & Whitstable Umbrella Centre to support 178 beneficiaries in Whitstable.

3000 meals were cooked in our kitchen and volunteers gave more than 700 hours of their time to cook & deliver meals, as well as offer befriending support. Thank you to everyone involved and we’re really grateful for all the support & help from local businesses.

We’re really happy to be back open, doing what we love. We are back serving coffee, cakes & lunch to you lovely folk on Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays 10-3.

See below for full details on our reopening and our project work. Stay tuned to our social media for more updates!


Opening Hours:

Monday 0900 - 1600
Tuesday 0900 - 1600
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 0900 - 1600
Saturday 0900 - 1600
Sunday Closed

The Umbrella Cafe CIC.
Find us inside Whitstable Umbrella Centre!
Enter via the yellow side doors.
Oxford Street, Whitstable Kent CT5 1DD - find us.

Phone: 07518 065801

Yellow Door

Welcome to The Umbrella Café CIC, Whitstable

Our community cafe, social kitchen and project spaces all exist for the same purpose; to reduce social isolation, food poverty and food waste in our local area. We run not for profit and are accountable to our community. Four days a week we throw open our doors to welcome all in for lunches, home-made cakes and drinks. We have a gorgeous community garden, a cosy Cafe space and both are fully accessible. We welcome friendly dogs on leads. Behind the scenes we are funded to help us deliver our social impact by The National Lottery and Kent Community Foundation. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Come and grab a coffee and see what we have to offer.

Google Map of The Umbrella Cafe, Whitstable