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The Commons
Community Cafe & Kitchen


The Commons Community Cafe & Kitchen serves ethically sourced coffee, locally-made cakes, sweet treats and nourishing meals. It provides affordable food, cooked by local people using local produce. They support local growers & land-workers, contributing to the local food economy & paying local people a real living wage.

The Commons is run by Common Ground Colchester, a community cooperative designed to meet the needs of the community. It is democratically-managed with an open & accessible membership policy.

Watch Marley explain exactly how it will work, and how you can get involved.


The cafe opens for breakfast between 10am–12pm. Choose from homemade granola, eggless high-protein chickpea batter 'omelettes' or Good Soul's bakery toast served with mushrooms or homemade baked beans.


Lunch is served from 12–3pm. Choose from a range of pastries including sausage rolls, potato masala puff, a Nourish vegan BLT (with aubergine 'bacon' and cashew cream cheese), and seasonal soups.


Served all day, baked goods include cheese, plain or fruit scones, good souls cakes, blondies, brownies and seasonal specials.


The Common's coffee comes from CoalTown Coffee Roasters, a B-Corp based in South Wales. If caffeine's not your bag choose from our delicious tumeric latte, a hot chocolate, teas or seasonal juices.

Upcoming events in the cafe