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Coming Very Soon… A New Greek Taverna for Cranbrook, Kent

The Hive is expanding and opening their Kypseli Taverna at No15 Stone Street. We will be serving authentic Ionian food from dawn ’til dusk; a patisserie, deli and barista bar by day, serving mouth-watering breakfasts and light lunches, transforming into Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar by night.

Kypséli (κυψέλη) means Hive in Greek and Kypseli is also one of the trendiest part of Athens, famous for its art, wellbeing, cool music and laid-back cultural vibe.

We will be reflecting that in our approach and ethos. Our guests will enjoy a vibrant atmosphere and authentic culinary experience, as we combine produce from our on-site greenhouse with Kent and Sussex crops, locally sourced meat and fish, organic Greek ingredients and Ionian recipes. We will serve some of the healthiest and tastiest food in the world.

Be Our Guests

The renovations are nearing completion, during which we uncovered some stunning Greek mosaic flooring from the original build – it’s an omen! Once we are able to open our doors, we are planning a series of ‘soft launch’ events where we will invite locals and regulars to come along to experience Kypseli and taste dishes & tipples from our brand new Kypseli menus.

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NB: Whilst we will do our best to invite everyone that signs up, places will be limited and we might not be able to invite everyone to the launch events. But you will be the 1st to know when Kypseli starts to take bookings.

The Kypseli Background

Kypseli in the heart of Cranbrook is being established by an Anglo-Greek family to meet demand for a relaxed space where friends and family can meet for a coffee, a chat and a bite to eat; as well as provide a food shop and educational space. Originally from Cranbrook, marriage to a Corfiot has resulted in dual heritage children and grandchildren who live and work locally and attend schools in the town and the surrounding area.

We are passionate about the Mediterranean model of family supporting other another, working alongside one another and making a contribution to community.

Tavernas are relaxed community spaces usually found in a village square or town centre in Greece, but the concept has now been re-created around the world. The word ‘taverna’ derives from Latin meaning shop and they usually combine food retail, food service and a space to privately talk or for public meet-ups and conversation. Having established a taverna in Corfu in the 1980s, which still trades to this day, the family has first-hand experience of the vibrant atmosphere and human connection that offering a welcoming space for all ages can create. Good hearty healthy food, multi-generational dining and bringing people together is what can be expected in a taverna.

What makes Kypseli Unique?

  1. Open 7 days a week, employing 10 local residents
  2. A food retail shop selling Kent, Sussex and Greek products from oils, vinegars and teas to honeys, chocolates, beers and wines, including an eco-friendly herb and flora-fauna tea refill centre.
  3. A delicatessen counter offering pots and platters of olives, dips, cheeses, peppers and an array other locally sourced and Greek produce.
  4. A patisserie counter offering exquisite savoury and sweet pastries, cakes and warm pita breads.
  5. Taverna tables for families to enjoy freshly produced, mostly oven-baked and one-pot specialities from our Greek kitchen with meat being supplied by butchers in the town and fresh produce from farms in the parish and the Weald.
  6. A rear terrace for guests to be able to sit outside
  7. Small foodie talks, demonstrations and workshops.
    1. Nutrition and diet
    2. The science behind healthy Mediterranean food
    3. Recipes to try at home
    4. Talks and tastings by local producers

The Hive Group

The family also owns a multi-purpose co-work and community space three doors down the street at Number 19 Stone Street which also has a small Greek meze kitchen and licensed bar, but due to overwhelming public demand we cannot fit all of our functions into one space, hence the decision to open the taverna..

The two venues combined will employ more than 15 local residents and in Spring 2022 both will become NVQ workplace training sites where staff will be learning and qualifying through their work in catering, hospitality and management.

Hive Loyalty Schemes

Favourite Things Hive Loyalty Card

When you order, ask the team to start and stamp a loyalty card for you. Name two of your favourite things from our menu, then every time you order it we will add a stamp. Order an item nine yummy times and you will get your favourite thing or things, next time for FREE!

BeLocal Points

For every £1 spent at The Hive receive 5 reward points worth 1p each. So that’s 5p (not 5 bees) per pound, which can then be redeemed against any full price purchase on food, drink or events at The Hive.