January 2021 Update

Sadly, following the most recent government advice, The Sidwell Street Café, our Free English (ESOL) classes and our Cookery Workshops are closed until further notice.

However, we’re not completely closed:

Meals for home delivery

Our Café team are now cooking meals for home delivery and you will soon be able to order from a selecton of frozen and chilled meals, directly from this website or by phoning us, 10am to 3pm weekdays, on 01392 666222


We will still be baking our wonderful bread at The Sidwell Street Bakehouse, now relocated to 178/179 Sidwell Street. The new Bakehouse is open from Wednesday to Saturday 9-2, or you can order your bread for home delivery by visiting our online shop here.

Room Hire

While many of our room bookings have had to be cancelled, we are still able to accept bookings from local community support groups. Phone 01392 666222 between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday for more information.

ESOL Advice and support drop-in

Every Friday from 10am to 12.30pm

All ESOL learners welcome. Get advice about learning English, studying at home or any aspect of living in the UK

About us

We are an independent community centre in the heart of Exeter giving a warm welcome regardless of background, ability or circumstance. We offer a wide programme of activities, events and services for the local community.

We run a community café and bakery, grow vegetables in our garden, offer affordable meeting room and venue hire,  provide free ESOL classes, and offer volunteering opportunities across all areas of our work. 

The Sidwell Street Café
Our cafe offers fresh, delicious food cooked from scratch alongside inclusive volunteering opportunities.
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The Sidwell Street Bakehouse
Our in-house bakery specialises in sourdough, while training volunteers.
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Find out more about volunteering with us.
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Room Hire
A variety of rooms at competitive prices for your meeting or event.
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English Classes
Olive Tree offers free English (ESOL) language classes taught by volunteer teachers.
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A range of catering options for events at St Sidwell’s and across Exeter.
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The only green space opening from Sidwell Street or the High Street is home to our veg garden.
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Explore the history and heritage of St Sidwell’s and Sidwell Street.
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