Pay What You Can Cafe - open to all

Monday: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday: 9am - 4pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Walk ins welcome or to book a table in advance please email

Social Pantry shop 
Wednesday: 12pm -3pm open for drop ins and new members

Thursday: 10am -3pm open for appointments only


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

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
Get your tin on for us this December; we have a beautifully simple way to get you all involved with our Social Pantry project.

🥫How it works 

Collect up a bunch of tins and more, one a day or all at the last minute, we don't mind 😄 Bring it into us on 20.12 in about or bag. We will use all of your fantastic donations to help our membership over Christmas and January.

🥫 What we are after 

All or any of these are fantastic and much needed as store cupboard essentials or festive extras in our twice weekly shop: tinned meat and fish, tinned fruit, shower gel, coffee, tea, biscuits, soup, cereal, long life milk, mince pies, selection boxes & toothpaste.

🥫 How it helps 

Most of our stock is surplus but we always keep a regular stock of the essentials (as surplus is great but varies a lot) and as it is Christmas it is of course lovely to be able to offer festive treats. Everything goes onto our shop shelves and directly helps local households experiencing food insecurity.

🥫 Any questions? Just send over an email <a . . . . #whitstableproject #socialpantry #socialpantryproject #reverseadvent #reverseadventcalendar #reverseadventkent #reverseadvent2021 #foodsustainability #fooddonationswelcome #foodinsecurityawareness #christmasdonations">
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