Changing Lives with Every Cup – Compton Reopens Coffee Shop

Helena - Coffee shop volunteer serving cake

Today we were delighted to reopen the doors to our much-loved Coffee Shop after a donation from one of our former trustee’s enabled it to undergo an essential refurbishment.

The Compton Coffee Shop, which sits in the grounds of our Compton Hall site, has been transformed thanks to a generous donation from the family of former trustee Carolyn Cundy.
The shop will form an essential part of our fundraising activities with all profits going directly towards funding care and support for patients living with complex and incurable conditions across the West Midlands, South Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Hamish Shilliday, Director of Income Generation, commented: “We are extremely grateful to Carolyn Cundy and her family for their generous donation which has enabled us to re-open our much-loved Compton Coffee shop which will helps us to continue to support patients living with complex and incurable conditions. We want customers to realise that they will be changing lives with every cup of coffee.

“We are looking forward to welcoming members of the public to come and visit the shop and sample items from our healthy home cooked menu.”

The shop’s interior has been refurbished by Wolverhampton-based fitters Simply Coffee Shops and seats 40 people inside with additional seating to be added outside. It has retained some of our rich history with a feature wall which has been covered in William Morris’ ‘Compton’ wallpaper, which was specially designed by the artist in 1895 for Compton Hall. Plans are also in place to install a heritage display showing a timeline of our history.

Mr Shilliday added: “What makes the coffee shop different is that we are showcasing some of its history and there’s a mixture of old and new. The floral pattern that our customers will see dotted throughout the coffee shop is actually the replica of a unique wallpaper designed in the late 1800’s by the founder of the Arts and Craft Movement—William Morris.

“We also have a new-look menu which includes a mixture of vegetarian, non-vegetarian and gluten free meals. Alongside this we are also giving our supporters their very own loyalty cards. For every Compton Coffee or hot drink purchased we’ll stamp their card. When they have reached 9 stamps we’ll give them their 10th drink on the house.”

Ms Cundy commented: “In 1988 the trading division of Compton was formed with my mother, Mary Jones, as its chairman. My father left a legacy in his will in recognition of my mother’s 25 years at Compton, which I am very happy has been put towards this refurbishment and the launch of Compton Coffee.

“It has been a pleasure to be involved with this project and my thanks go to Simply Coffee and the Compton Care team for all their hard work in making it happen.”

Visitors will be able to sample the new menu Monday to Saturday between 8am and 4pm. As well as traditional breakfasts, toasties, paninis and light bites, there will also be a selection of homemade cakes and pastries which will be made fresh daily.

A total of 15 volunteers will help to run the shop alongside a full-time manager. We are also recruiting two assistant managers. For more information please call our Retail Team on 0300 323 0250 or email retail@comptoncare.org.uk

Speak to Compton in person, call us on 0300 323 0250