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The idea is simple; to create a small but beautifully designed cafe/secondhand furniture shop in the heart of South London's Camberwell
280 backers pledged £20,982 to help bring this project to life.
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The idea for The Pigeon Hole is simple; to create a small but beautifully designed cafe that doubles as a second-hand furniture shop within the heart of south London's Camberwell. 

In essence it is interactive shopping. Everything you see inside – from the tables and chairs, to the artwork on the walls – is for sale, whilst the cafe will provide customers with high quality, healthy produce, sticking to simple recipes with an aim to excite the taste buds!

Your money will be used to fund the following:

- To fit out the kitchen providing The Pigeon Hole with the necessary equipment to cook our soups (including our very special Bloody Mary Soup), our outstanding, locally sourced 'proper' hot chocolate from The Melange, and of course our fabulous assortment of chutneys and jams! 

- To purchase a lovely vintage (second hand) coffee machine to help make the best coffee money can buy! (Quality coffee provided by local coffee roastery Volcano Coffee)

- To buy the raw materials to transform and decorate the shop. We're aiming to create a space that not only makes a relaxing environment to eat and drink, but also one that inspires and stands out as an excellent piece of spacial design.

- To gather the first of many instalments of second hand furniture, that will become the heart of the cafe's design.

Bloody Mary Soup
Bloody Mary Soup

As the business evolves The Pigeon Hole hopes to gain a late license and sell alcoholic beverages in the evenings from Thursday-Saturday. The café will become a cosy space to have a quiet drink, sourcing unusual wines, beers and spirits that encourage a sense of enquiry and new discoveries. 

Balsamic vinegar and lemonade with a squeeze of lime
Balsamic vinegar and lemonade with a squeeze of lime

This will extend to our evening tapas where we will provide free food tasters to accompany your alcoholic beverage where food combinations will be more playful, we can gather your opinions and you can help shape our menu.

Mint infused butter on bread
Mint infused butter on bread

We believe breakfast is the best meal of the day, and so on weekends we want to make the most of our mornings by serving hot breakfasts and brunch, again keeping to simple favourites, sometimes adding our own twist like our bacon and Pigeon Hole Marmalade sandwich! 

Bacon and marmalade sandwich
Bacon and marmalade sandwich

On the furniture side of the business, from car boots, to antique markets, to the side of the street, The Pigeon Hole wants to find those discarded treasures, clean them up and show them off in all their beauty. The cafe will be an interactive showroom of furniture and objects, celebrating the nostalgia of the old whilst showcasing the timelessness of design, and it's place within a contemporary setting. 

Whilst it is an individual enterprise, The Pigeon Hole aims to build strong relationships with Camberwell and the local businesses surrounding it, sourcing our coffee, tea and baked goods from top quality local suppliers, artwork from local artists, and working with the local community to build an integral part of Camberwell life. 

Our fist Pigeon Hole stall at Camberwell Farmers Market
Our fist Pigeon Hole stall at Camberwell Farmers Market

It is incredibly important to us that The Pigeon Hole is not only a shop, but also provides a service to Camberwell. As the company grows, we hope to offer work experience and internships to the young people in education at Y.E.S.S, a local charity offering alternative education to disadvantaged young people in the community, providing them with the chance to gain new skills and increase their employability.

The Pigeon Hole will provide only real tea with some rare and unusual teas from around the world
The Pigeon Hole will provide only real tea with some rare and unusual teas from around the world

So far we have found the ideal property but in order to proceed we need your pledges to help raise the capital. The shop is in a prime position in central Camberwell but will need a lot of work to bring it up to the Pigeon's standard. 

A Pigeon Hole hamper
A Pigeon Hole hamper

However in the mean time, to provide the community with a taster of what's to come we have been running a small Saturday morning market stall on Camberwell Green. We will be there this Saturday 22nd June selling our chutneys, jams and hampers so come down and say hi! Watch out on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more info.

Risks and challenges

A big challenge for the The Pigeon Hole is maintaining a strong and continually developing relationship with the local community whilst running a busy cafe. However by ensuring this is an integral part of business from the start will hopefully ensure this remains a focus.

There are existing cafes in Camberwell but we want to make sure we stand out in the crowd. By combining a strongly designed and inviting environment with unique yet simple produce, we are hoping to offer something that Camberwell hasn't seen before.

However, the main risk is that we are both taking a huge career and lifestyle change to pursue our dream. We hope with our combined experience, passion and drive we can make a success of The Pigeon Hole. It's now or never!

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    listed name as a contributor on the website and a place on our in-house honours photo board. (If you fancy it)

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    A loyalty card entitling you to 3 Pigeon Hole lunches (a sandwich and a hot drink of your choice on us!)

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    Limited edition signed print by local artists Caspar Williamson... and everything above!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    Enjoy high tea for 2 at The Pigeon Hole Cafe on us, and a complimentary Pigeon Hole hamper to take home with you.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $649

    Barista training and coffee tasting at The Pigeon Hole and a complimentary Pigeon Hole hamper to take home with you.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,298

    Up-cycling workshop with Holly and George at The Pigeon Hole. Bring your own discarded piece of furniture or we can provide you with one and learn how to bring it back to life! You will also get a complimentary Pigeon Hole hamper to take home with you.

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