Appleby Hub

Speak to us – so many ways!

To hire a room please call 01539 735025

To book a café table 07435 970633 (Wednesday – Saturday 10-3pm)

To contact Sarah Jones (Hub Manager) 07553358727 or

For information regarding The Eden Workshop contact Jane Farkins 07734162982  or book a workshop directly at

This is THE place to be when it comes to satisfying any cravings for the best in wholefoods and all things homemade with a wider emphasis on well-being for all.

The Hub Cafe and Community enterprise is in a former Methodist Chapel, in the heart of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.

In early 2015 the future of the centre was in jeopardy.

Severe flooding in 2015 meant that significant investment was needed by Cumbrian charity, The Oaklea Trust to get the venture back on its feet and, in the Spring of 2016, the Appleby Hub was launched.

The Hub Cafe is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 3pm with a menu full to the brim with tasty whole-foods & everything prepared by the Right2Work team (you can also take away our Hub made bread and much more).

Download our Summer 2021 menu here Menu Summer 2021

In Summer 2020 – our new craft shop opened full of lovely work from local artisans and a well organised and stocked second hand bookshop run by Appleby Rotary.

It’s all part of the vision for the centre to be a ‘hub’ for the local community and for all interests, ages and abilities with a focus on creativity and well-being.(The Hub Cafe offers day opportunities for people with learning disabilities).




In Spring 2019 Appleby Hub came under the wing of Right2Work.

Scroll down for more on what we get up to – plus click here for our latest ‘what’s on at The Hub’ leaflet Hub trifold -updated leaflet July 2019

The Eden Workshop at Appleby Hub!

Jane at “The Eden Workshop” offers quality workshops as well as drop in crafts, developing craft kits to sell, and with the help of Patrizia who oversees the Hub Kitchen & Cafe, some Foodie Workshops and much more. Jane finds the best tutors and invites them to share their skills, the workshops are small, generally max of 7 so they are informal thus offering plenty of opportunity to interact with each other & the tutor.

More elsewhere on R2W site or

Regular Craft & Community Activities -call us on M 07435 970633 for latest

Room Hire at the Hub

As well as social spaces, we also offer studios for long term lease. These are available at a rate of £2500 per year and include wi-fi, and all utilities. Each studio is light and bright, providing an ideal space for a small local business to utilise. Hot desking space is also available – call in for a look around! If you would like any details on any of our rooms, contact us on 07435 970633 OR

The Bennett Room

The Bennett Room has a maximum capacity of 40 (9.45m x 7.10m OR 31′ x 23’4″) and is one of our favourites! Hiring this room includes use of the projector and screen, refreshment facilities, and tables and chairs, all for £15 per hour. The Bennett Room is situated on the first floor but has lift access.

Bereavement Support Group

We have been given a grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation & Holehird Trust to fund a 12 month project for a Bereavement Support Group at the Hub.

It’s an informal group for anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close to them either recently or some time ago. It will be held on the first Monday of each month 1400-1600. For more info Kevin Robinson 017683 51569 or Revd Sandy Pearl 01931 714563

For more details on any aspect of the Hub, you can contact us on 07435 970633, email us on, or check out our facebook page at

With thanks to Natali Barr Photography who contributed some of the images on this page

Learning at The Appleby Hub

The community cafe at the Appleby Hub provides opportunities for young people to learn about working in a commercial catering environment, as well as other transferable areas of study, including:

  • Hygiene (and Food Hygiene)
  • Stock Rotation and Storage
  • Customer Service
  • Creating a Menu
  • Numeracy
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

Cumbria County Council Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF)

Click here for more

Activities will run at Appleby Hub over school holidays -call us for details -or use hashtag #HAF2022