Café 1821

Opening Hours

Welcome to Café 1821

Unfortunately Cafe 1821 is closed until further notice.

If you haven’t visited Café 1821, come on down and have a latte or hot chocolate or a deli sandwich and treat the kids to a snack pot with all their favourite items.


Vivesco was the previous name of our café. Named in honour of Vivien Dawson, a beloved member of Christ Church who lost her life to cancer, Vivesco aptly means “Come to life” in Latin.

It first opened its doors 18 years ago on Tulketh Street, with the aim of sharing God’s love in the community and as a safe meeting place for teenagers in the evenings.

Twelve years ago we moved our café into the Christ Church building and our emphasis changed into meeting the needs of those who cross our doorstep each day. We aim not only to serve good food, but also to serve God’s love, offering a safe threshold to cross into church life and ultimately find a living faith in Jesus. We seek to offer a warm welcome, friendship and prayer where appropriate.


Our café doors are open six days a week throughout the year with a small nucleus of paid staff, supported by volunteers. The directors are very grateful to all who give their time and energy to help support this valuable ministry and welcome anyone who would like to be involved.

We are both a registered charity and limited company with trustees and directors.