At the Hive we have an award-winning organic café & bakery that makes 100% of our food fresh. The food we serve is healthy, affordable and 100% vegetarian. Vegan options are also available.

We make every dish by hand and we change our menu every day.  There is no set cuisine, it is inspired by the produce in season. We get some supplied produce from our very own rooftop garden & micro-farm. It's wonderful being able to pick your own vegetables and herbs and look at the Jewellery Quarter skyline as you do so!

We also offer work experiences and training opportunities to young people with learning differences and complex needs at Argent College which is located on the upper floors of our building.

Opening times

  • Tuesday – Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm
  • CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays

We offer a take away service and sell fresh bread and other baked goods from our in-house bakery during opening hours.

We offer a lunch service between 12 and 2pm - both for take away and eat in.

Keeping each other safe at The Hive

We have made some important changes to the way we usually operate and have put measures in place to keep our customers and staff safe, giving us the best chance of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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General - all customers and visitors

  • We ask all our customers and visitors to sanitise their hands on arrival and after using the toilets. We provide sanitising stations around The Hive.
  • Card payment only please.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning public areas, door handles, touch points and toilets where the virus may spread.
  • We ask all our customers to wear a mask or face covering while they are in our building, UNLESS they have an exemption or are eating and drinking in one of our seating areas. This includes wearing a face covering whilst queuing and ordering food. Our staff will be wearing face coverings too.
  • If you are using our toilets, please note, we operate a one way system  on entry and exit to ensure we maintain social distancing. Bit of a detour, but you will get to see some of our exhibitions spaces on the way!

Changes in the Café include:

  • We offer a take away service and sell fresh bread and other baked goods from our in-house bakery during opening hours. We offer a lunch service between 12 and 2pm - both for take away and eat in.
  • The breakfast menu includes a full vegan breakfast.

Eating in

  • We have fewer tables to ensure social distancing between customers. 
  • If you are eating in you will be asked to leave your name and a way to contact you for the purposes of 'track and trace'. 
  • The 'rule of six' applies. No more than 6 people may share a table. 
  • We have a socially-distant queuing system in place to order food.  Please wear your face covering whilst queuing.
  • We ask you to kindly limit your stay to 1 hour if you are not ordering a main meal at lunchtime.
  • Tables will be sanitised by a member of staff in-between customers. Please make sure we have had time to clean your table before you are seated.
  • We ask all our customers to not queue for service in groups, but ask one person only to order food where possible due to maintaining social distancing.

Take away

  • You are welcome to walk-in for takeaway service throughout the day. We have a socially-distant queuing system in place. Please wear your face covering whilst queuing. We will ask you to wait in our Lounge area while we prepare your order. 
  • We ask all our customers to not queue for service in groups, but ask one person only to order food where possible due to maintaining social distancing.

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Our commitment to the environment

At The Hive we only use 100% compostable, recyclable and biodegradable consumables.

You will find plant starch lined paper cups, wooden take out cutlery, paper bags, paper straws, glass bottles and paper board boxes. No plastic!

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Keep in touch!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @hivebham 

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Awards

 

This film, shared by the West Midlands Growth Company, gives a lovely summary of what makes us award-winning!





Rooftop urban microfarm & biodynamic farming

In 2017 Argent College students and staff established a “microfarm” on the rooftop, providing produce for the college kitchen and Hive Café.

Students grow seasonal, organic-biodynamic food crops, herbs and flowers as part of their integrated Seed-to-Table/Table-to-Seed Curriculum.

They are involved in each process; growing, harvesting, preparation and cooking as well as serving meals and sitting down together with fellow students and staff to an organic lunch every day of the academic year.

In the Café and College we pride ourselves on using fresh, local produce. Each year the microfarm produces hundreds of kilos of vegetable and herbs just a few steps away, compared to the hundreds and sometimes thousands of food miles travelled by conventional food.

Worm Composting at New Standard Works

In the Hive Cafe and at Argent College. staff and students take their environmental responsibilities very seriously. Within the building, all food and green waste is selectively collected and composted.

Waste is taken up to the micro-farm and put in our Ridan-In-Vessel Compost Tumbler for 2 -3 weeks. Once complete, the compost then goes down to the basement, and into our customised Worm composter for 3 - 4 months, enriching it further.

The finished worm castings are returned to the vegetable beds on the rooftop to complete the cycle - creating nutrient-rich, organic soil for our produce to grow.

This cycle constitutes the "Table-to-Seed" part of our student curriculum, and is unique to the Ruskin Mill Trust educational provision.