Special notice: Due to the current social distancing guidelines, the cafe is currently offering a takeaway service only.

The New Life Café is located within Colchester’s historic Crouch Street shopping quarter. 

Our Colchester café serves speciality teas and coffees, cold drinks and a range of tasty cakes, sandwiches, hot paninis and jacket potatoes throughout the day. All the food from the lunch menu is freshly prepared to order in the kitchen. 

A place to relax 

You’ll find the café is a relaxing haven, a space away from the busy bustle of the town centre. Somewhere to catch up with a fresh coffee and cake, a leisurely lunch, or an afternoon treat. 

The café has an eclectic vibe and is furnished with a mix of upcycled and preloved tables – all items that have been kindly donated. With no one table the same, many of our customers can’t decide which table to choose! 

If you’ve got time to spare, we have a range of board games to keep you occupied, or there’s plenty of books to browse in our shop. 

Everyone is welcome 

We welcome the whole community into our friendly Colchester café. Our companions are always happy to have a chat, help you with any items that you see within the shop, or with any other requirements. 

 The Colchester Café supporting the community 

The Shop and Café are part of our social enterprise and are run by our companions. By supporting our Colchester café, you are helping our companions get back on their feet and overcome homelessness. 

The shops history 

The New Life Shop and Café is located in the old Lloyds Bank premises and has been completely gutted and remodelled by our hard-working companions – giving both the premises and our companions the chance for a new life. Where possible all the fixtures and fittings were upcycled and re-used, including the old cashier desk, which now takes pride of place as a till point and wrapping station. 

Come and visit our Colchester café on Crouch Street and help us support those that have formerly experienced homelessness.