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HatHats Coffee to run new catering kiosk at Faversham Rec

Published Thursday 22 October, 2020
Last updated on Thursday 5 November, 2020

People will soon be able to get food and drink from the new kiosk at Faversham Rec after councillors approve the lease for local company HatHats Coffee.

HatHats Coffee - who successfully manage a coffee shop in Reculver Country Park on behalf of Canterbury City Council – will take on the ten-year lease after submitting their interest to the council earlier this year.

The new kiosk, which forms part of the £1.9 million investment to refurbish the lodge, pavilion and grounds, is in front of the pavilion which is home to Faversham Rugby Club and includes public toilets plus a seating area with tables and chairs on the terrace.

Hot and cold drinks, cake, ice-creams, frappes and smoothies will be available to customers all year round alongside free wifi and toilet facilities.

Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“We’re delighted to offer the new kiosk lease to HatHats Coffee.

“They’re an established local company who already do a marvellous job running a space in Reculver Park.

“We advertised for submissions from local not-for-profits and commercial organisations earlier this year and agreed on HatHats Coffee at last month’s cabinet meeting.

“We hope the kiosk will be open in the coming months, however we take local people’s safety seriously and any new and future government guidelines will need to be adhered to.

Cllr Eddie Thomas, chairman of the Faversham Rec project board, said:

“We supported the submission from HatHats Coffee and are pleased it was passed at last month’s cabinet meeting.

“Local people have been requesting somewhere they can get a drink and a bite to eat at the Rec for a while and it makes sense to lease the kiosk to a company that can offer a variety of healthy food and drink to our visitors.

“We have rugby, football and other sporting games at the Rec, as well as people coming here for their solo or group exercise, so the pavilion at the Rec is the perfect location for this kiosk.”

Louis Hurst, HatHats Coffee Founding Director, said:

“We are delighted to bring HatHats to Faversham and can’t wait to open the new kiosk at the Rec.

“We hope to be serving up our freshly roasted coffee, fine teas and hand baked cakes and treats very soon.

We’ll soon be in a Recruitment drive to create some local jobs, including employing a young person under the governments kick start scheme.

“We’re currently considering how we can open safely, taking the new government guidance into account, and will keep people up to date on our opening date on our website.

The meeting agenda and full report can be viewed here.