David Bentley designs BaxterStorey’s first ever vegan cafe concept

BaxterStorey has launched its first entirely vegan café at The Royal College of Art’s flagship Kensington Campus after teaming up with former FCSI UK chair David Bentley.

The opening comes in response to requests from the Student Union for an outlet to cater for the increasing number of vegans and vegetarians in the student population.

With over 2,300 students enrolled at the university, a number set to increase in coming years, the café was designed in collaboration with the Student Union’s president and with support from Bentley Consulting. 

With most students based on campus and working from design studios throughout the day, the new vegan hot spot offers a nutritious all-day grazing menu with energy boosting artisan coffee using plant-based milk alternatives.

The café boasts delicious fresh snacks such as sprouting broccoli and tofu toasties, coconut and apricot protein balls and homemade hot falafels with beetroot hummus.

As the first vegan-only café in the BaxterStorey portfolio, there are ambitions to expand the theme to the Battersea campus when it opens in 2020.

Business development manager, Martin Holden-White, said: “We are very aware of the rapid growth in plant-based food trends and it was fantastic to work alongside such a passionate student union and a forward-thinking consultant in David Bentley, which allowed us to be creative and offer students a greater choice of nutritious and varied foods to fit their study patterns”.

With three catered campuses across Kensington, Battersea and White City, the newly-refurbished outlet is within the college’s iconic building in the heart of ‘Albertopolis’ district of London.

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