THE OVAL CAFE
A Place For Community
WHO ARE WE?
The Oval Cafe was one of the first specialty and third-wave cafes in Hertfordshire. It began as a meeting space for the hundreds of staff and numerous guests that visit the global Christian volunteer organization whose property the cafe sits on. Like, YWAM, the team at the cafe is completely comprised of volunteer staff. It’s our secret sauce. The staff at the cafe enjoy what they do. They love people and they are passionate about coffee. It’s why we’ve been consistently named most “family-friendly cafe” and the best-tasting coffee in Harpenden.
Your barista might be from Korea, Brazil, Australia, Rwanda, China or somewhere else. You never know at the Oval. They typically all have a smile though. While here, take in the gorgeous grounds by exploring the bluebell woods in the backfield or kicking a ball on the beautiful Oval pitch. We often hear from people that say they sense a peace here that can’t be put to words.
Did I mention that all profit from the cafe goes to help numerous projects YWAM supports both locally and around the world?
From youth activities for local teens, language learning, refugee mercy works in Greece, orphan-care and anti-human trafficking across Africa & the Middle East, there is a lot of good that can come from the help of one small business. So come enjoy our space, drink some crafted coffee, eat some yummy food and support some incredible work along the way.
“A fantastic family cafe!”
It’s lovely to be served by such smiley, happy staff and sit in a cosy cafe for a hot chocolate that is die for! A great place to bring children and feel welcomed rather then feel like they are causing a nuisance to other Cafe goers. It has a lovely family living room feel!
The only Harpenden Cafe to have a”Kid’s Korner” and an indoor area dedicated to kids play. Inspired by a Montessori learning approach, the Kids Korner is a fun, safe & enclosed area for kids to play while parents enjoy a drink and/or bite from our cafe. Over the years we’re proud to have been awarded multiple “Mum’s Guide to Harpenden” friendliest family cafe designations
winner of 3 mom’s guide to harpenden awards in past 4 years.
We endeavour to source great ingredients, from honest and directly sourced vendors who align with our values and who local when are possible. Our cakes and sweetbreads are home-baked so you won’t taste any preservatives. We offer hearty, homemade and gourmet soups with new ones being introduced in all the time. Come enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch in our cozy cafe overlooking our beautiful grounds.
ARTISAN COFFEE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
“We have a simple philosophy when it comes to our coffee. It’s got to taste great, be high quality and be from a company we admire”
We source the finest speciality, direct-trade coffee from top roasters in the U.K.
SOCIAL IMPACT IS OUR CORE
As a social impact company, we value innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurism. It is even better when companies we partner with address systemic social issues.
“Lovely, friendly and relaxing place to go for excellent coffees and amazing cakes.
A family favourite!.”Pernille R.
“Friendly and relaxed with a yummy selection of cakes and snacks. Always has some interesting drinks for those of us who don’t drink coffee. And served with a smile. Good small area for young children to play while you have your drink, and then the kids can scoot outside or play in the woods!”Sarah P.
“Lovely grounds and space for kids to ride bikes and adults jog and lovely cafe with friendly staff. The hot chocolate and not so hot chocolate (for kids) are the best 😋”
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