Since its opening in September 2015 as part of the £1m refurbishment of Fletton House, the Hub has provided a new café venue for Oundle residents who are looking for a congenial place to meet friends.
Given The Hub’s location on Glapthorn Road, slightly out of the centre of the town, one could be forgiven for not realising its actual place is at the heart of the community.
With its location next to the community playgroup, the library and the surgery, it has become a convenient destination for a cuppa after running errands. Fletton House also hosts meetings and popular clubs, with the Hub becoming a gathering place before and after. Ballerinas of all abilities and ages are frequent customers at the Hub, making up just some of the regulars who visit the café every day.
The busiest time is undoubtedly between 11am and 2pm when customers arrive for a spot of brunch or lunch, with ham and cheese toasties and paninis being the most popular items.
In the last six months, the Hub has introduced all day breakfast items, along with crumpets, teacakes and jacket potatoes. Almost all of the cakes are prepared in the kitchen on site, where the chefs are always trying out new ideas and recipes, such as coconut and cherry cake, to join the favourite lemon drizzle cake.
Tina Sereno, one of the team leaders at the Hub, said: ‘I love working in the kitchen, especially when customers thank me saying that their food was delicious!’
The Hub’s unique and personalised décor distinguishes it from other cafés, as it makes use of upcycled antiques, painted and reupholstered mid-century furniture, and a feature wall of books to choose from.
Spacious outdoor seating is set up in fair weather, and there are separate sofas to accommodate large and small gatherings. This is no mere council-run café, it is a creative, forward-thinking venture.
Describing the café as ‘an Oundle gem’, one TripAdvisor user said that the Hub was ‘such a nice place to have a coffee – comfortable, stylish, with friendly staff, good looking food…spacious, child friendly, easy to park, next to the library – a really positive addition to the locality’.
It is so much more than just a café. It provides a meeting place, a hub for the community, making its name extremely fitting.
By Jemima Gurney