Welcome to the Cafe at St. James’ and St. Basil’s Church
Js & Bs is an ever popular meeting point for locals and visitors alike. We serve a selection of home made cakes and soups alongside bacon or sausage sandwiches and a cheese scone. Hot and cold drinks are also available. Cafe provides high chairs, bottle warmers and baby changing facilities. In the summer months, you can enjoy your food and drink in the Church Gardens.
St. James and St. Basils is a wonderful musical hub. The fabulous grand piano is always open during lunch, and you’re welcome to while away an hour playing for us if you like! Cafe doors are open between 10:30 and 2:30 on Thursdays. Last food orders by 2pm. We look forward to seeing you! The J’s and B’s team.
Cash and CONTACTLESS debit / credit cards accepted.
Kitchen development and design – ‘highly commended’ at the National Churches Trust Presidents’ Award 2015
The parish of St. James & St. Basil in Fenham decided that in order to accommodate a growing need a hospitality kitchen and café was to become part of the main space of this beautiful Arts & Crafts church. When not in use, the design becomes a discreet piece of furniture that respects, reflects and compliments the interior of the church whilst not denying a contemporary origin.
Folding doors cover the entire front of the kitchen and wall units. The partitioning of these doors reflects the five-pronged stone feature of the alcove in which it sits. The doors are made of walnut and lined with textile which takes its colours from the curtain behind the altar and from the ceiling of the church. When in use it creates an inviting environment with modern appliances that enables the church to serve hot drinks and food on a casual basis. The kitchen was built by furniture maker Nick James.
In November 2016 the church was awarded the ‘Best Church Building Project’ at the Christian Funders’ Forum awards.
The kitchen project’s aim was to create space for hospitality in order to promote and enhance social interaction for its diverse community and to support a range of activities. Under the direction of Christoph Oschatz Kiosk architect, and the designer/maker Nick James, both local, they designed and created a state of the art kitchen and servery at the West end of the church in the side nave.
When in use, it opens up to provide a recycling unit, dishwasher, fridge, easy access storage space with bespoke cupboards and work surfaces made of ‘Corian’ that run seamlessly. The screen doors are made with walnut and interfaced with fabric. A walnut servery stands in front of the kitchen and is similarly interfaced with this fabric. When closed, the kitchen discretely disappears into the fabric of the church.