You will find the Honeystreet Mill Café on the banks of the Kennet & Avon Canal in Honeystreet.
The mother and son team of Anne and John Wyles, who have been trading successfully in Honeystreet for over 20 years, selling fairly traded gifts, furniture and home furnishings through their India Shop business, will transform the warehouse space into a light, airy, contemporary café with a canalside terrace.
“We have been welcoming customers and visitors to Honeystreet for 15 years,” said Anne, who recently added a luxury fairtrade bath and body range to the business, with Honeystreet Handmade.
“We were delighted to get unanimous support from the local parish council for our plans to create a community meeting space for local residents and tourists coming by car, bicycle, foot or boat,” she added.
John, also proprietor of onsite Honeystreet Boats, a boat holiday company on the Kennet & Avon Canal, said, “our focus will be on delicious, fresh, and local food to promote all that is best in the beautiful environment of the Pewsey Vale. We are employing local tradespeople to carry out the works, to create a warm and welcoming café space. We will be looking to employ local chefs, bakers and baristas so feel free to contact us. We hope wherever possible to use locally sourced fresh, sustainable ingredients. Customers will be able to choose to visit us for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea with the option of treating themselves to a chilled glass of prosecco on our terrace, as they watch the world go by Wiltshire-style!”
The café will be dog-friendly, wheelchair friendly and pushchair friendly; it’s probably quicker to say it’s going to be friendly all round!
As the works have begun, Anne has been researching the local history of the site which were once the premises for Robbins, Lane and Pinnegar’s Victorian barge building business. They employed 185 local people and their designs for the Kennet Barge and Honeystreet barge were household names. In World War 2 the site would have been useful to the RAF as part of their airfield, RAF Alton Barnes. Finally the warehouses were repurposed again for fabric recycling.
“There are clues to the site’s history when you start looking — the slope for boatbuilding, the tell-tale RAF blue used on the rafters of one building, and the buttons visible in the surface of our visitor car parking space. We are really keen to tell customers the biography of the site as we open a new chapter in its history. Anyone with local knowledge should feel free to get in touch on our Facebook account (Honeystreet Mill Café). There you will also be able to follow the development of our brand new café as it takes shape.”
A light and airy café serving fresh, local food and delicious drinks. Wheelchair friendly, dog-friendly, pushchair friendly. Stunning canalside location with outside seating area and easy parking.
- Cater for vegans
- Cater for vegetarians
- Serve afternoon tea
- Serve breakfast
- Serve lunch
Children & Infants
- Accept children (Minimum age)
- Al Fresco Dining
- Cater for special dietary requirements
- Locally-sourced produce
- On-site car parking
- Open All Year
- In countryside
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- All major credit cards accepted
- Cash & Cheque only
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
Map & Directions
Directions from Marlborough
Take A4 signpost Chippenham out of Marlborough past the college.
After 2 miles past petrol station on right up hill turn left for Lockeridge. Follow the road through Lockeridge and continue about 5 miles down a long hill through Alton Barnes to Honey Street.
Immediately before canal bridge turn right into driveway (see directions above).
Directions from Devizes
From Devizes take A361 London Road signpost Swindon. At last roundabout by garage on left called Cannings Hill Garage turn right through to Horton, Allington to Alton Barnes (5 miles) past White Horse on left.
At staggered crossroads turn right to Honey Street (1/2 mile). Immediately before canal bridge turn right into driveway (see directions above).
Directions from Salisbury
From Salisbury take A345 to Amesbury. Proceed north over roundabout at A303 to Upavon.
In Upavon continue northwards on A345 to North Newnton roundabout (1/2 mile).
Continue straight ahead to Hilcott, Woodborough on to Honey Street. Over canal bridge turn immediately left into driveway
Honeystreet Boats is situated at the rear of a cluster of commercial buildings on the north side of the canal by the canal bridge. Turning off the road the driveway swings slightly left of a building which has a post box in front of it.
The driveway runs between two sets of buildings and you have reached Honeystreet Boats.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest train station is Pewsey, which is five miles away.