The Artcafé was founded in 2003 on Mersea Island by James and Maggie Weaver, a husband and wife team with the aim of combining the things they love in life. Maggie (a Chef) and James (an Artist) were looking to create a place for people to meet up, get a great cup of coffee and fabulous homemade food surrounded by local original and inspiring artwork. Nearly ten years on and we are still going strong and have grown to incorporate an Artcafé in Colchester and more recently a delicatessen next door to the Mersea Artcafé.
In 2010 we added a third partner, Jenny Rolfe, James & Maggie’s eldest daughter who had been instrumental in getting the Colchester café up and running and brought with her a new set off skills with her retail and management experience, she also has a natural passion and flair with food.
Although we have grown as a business we’ve always endeavoured to remain true to our beginnings as a small, family run business and as such almost everything we sell is handmade by us, either on site in our cafés or at our production kitchen in the ‘Cake-Hole’ delicatessen.