Urban Kelt - The Celtic Lounge Coffee Shop

Association for Cornish Heritage were pleased to welcome Urban Kelt to open a vegan coffee shop in our Museum Gallery Room. The Celtic Lounge was opened in February 2020. Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Elizabeth Carne carried out the honours with a opening speech in Kernewek and English reflecting the bilingual nature of The Celtic Lounge. Former Grand Bard Merv Davey piped the opening with the Cornish anthem 'Trelawny'.

The Celtic Lounge reflects the ethos of both Len and Bunney who run Kowethas Ertach Kernow (Association for Cornish Heritage) and the Urban Kelt - The Celtic Lounge respectively. Warm, welcoming and friendly with an environmentally positive approach. Here the bilingual nature of Cornwall can be heard in Kernewek, the Cornish language. Also supporting interest in the other Celtic nations and their languages and cultural heritage. Both Len and Bunney are committee members of Celtic Congress Cornwall and other Cornish heritage groups.

Come and visit The Celtic Lounge and enjoy a break amongst Cornish art and objects. Kowethas Ertach Kernow is a partner in the Newquay Museum and there is also lots to see in the other museum rooms.

The Celtic Lounge coffee shop bar
The Celtic Lounge coffee shop
The Celtic Lounge - Musicians

The Celtic Lounge - Events

Here at The Celtic Lounge we hold a variety of events often involving our partners who engage at the Newquay Museum's, Cornish Cultural Hub Tewynblustri. From book signings to exhibitions to musical events there is always a buzz of activity. 

Music events, illustrated talks and workshops are held in the friendly intimate atmosphere created as part of the Newquay Museum which has an added vibe that is The Celtic Lounge. 

More about the wide range of future and past events can be found by clicking Newquay Museum - Cornish Cultural Hub Tewynblustri or one of the images below.

Celtic Lounge - Sunday Vibes Sessions May 2022
Vedina Rose - Celtic Lounge
Foraging workshop at The Celtic Lounge

Urban Kelt - The Celtic Lounge Coffee Shop

During February 2020 Kowethas Ertach Kernow working with Urban Kelt transformed our Museum Gallery Room at Newquay Museum by incorporating a Celtic themed Coffee Shop, The Celtic Lounge, run by Urban Kelt. This was to be a vegan, ethically based venue created using repurposed materials and aiming to be environmentally friendly. As well, The Celtic Lounge looked to being bilingual and encourage interest in Kernewek, the Cornish language as well as continuing the theme of sharing Cornish heritage and Celtic interests.

We were very pleased that the Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Elizabeth Carne agreed to come and open The Celtic Lounge and say a few words beforehand. Also immediate past Grand Bard Merv Davey agreed to play the Cornish bagpipes, playing that well known Cornish anthem 'Trelawny'. Merv also had a few words to say prior to the opening. The Celtic Lounge has built up a good and loyal following and expanded its range of interests and activities by working as part of the newly established Cornish Cultural Hub at Newquay Museum.

Meur ras / Thank you for all the lovely comments left on our Facebook page about your visits to The Celtic Lounge. Here are just some of them along with some photos of just a few of our visitors.

Checkout our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/thecelticlounge

 

Centre of Cornish Cultural Hub - Where Strangers Become Friends
Maui Celtic 12th September 2020

Hamish Burgess, Maui Celtic Music, Hawaii

We've found the best coffee shop ever, The Celtic Lounge Celtic themed coffee shop, in Newquay, Cornwall, run by our friend Bunney of Urban Kelt. Escape the madness and enjoy their cosy Celtic nook part of Newquay Museum.

Richard Trethewey - The Rowan Tree popping in for a coffee and chat.

Richard also performs solo as well as with the award winning Cornish Celtic band 'The Rowan Tree' singing some songs in Cornish. He was created a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow in 2020.

Sheila Harper from Newquay Museum

Sheila also runs the Newquay Old Cornwall Archaeological Group that carries out clearance work on historic and ancient sites in the Newquay area. Has also written two books on Newquay that helps support the museum.

Matthi Ab Dewi Visit to Gwerthji Koffi Keltek

Matthi Ab Dewi has filmed at The Celtic Lounge for the monthly online Cornish language television news programme 'An Mis', which he presents. Bunney has appeared in several episodes. Also producing the weekly 'Radyo an Gernewegva'.

Daisy Harris Loves Gwerthji Koffee Keltek

Daisy May Harris

Daisy May Harris recommends The Celtic Lounge coffee shop

Where do I even began with Urban Kelt, well firstly the gentleman that owns it as well as runs it alone (Bunney) is welcoming, enthusiastic and kind-hearted. It is a place for locals and tourist to go and relax, whilst enjoying a scrummy plant base range of drink and cakes.

For me personal, I love the diversity of customers that you meet, which naturally turns into a networking event. The atmosphere follows suit by providing a calm and peaceful feeling, which makes the establishment more enjoyable to stay in for hours at an end. I wish I knew of Urban Kelt sooner, as I would have used it as place of refuge after a bad day or a long one.

Oh, I almost forgot, having a coffee house that appreciates the Celtic history both past and present is wonderful as Cornwall as a whole holds so much Celtic history.

It re-unites people from Celtic families/background all over the UK to one place, which is a very special in itself.

Abigail Hubbucks visited Gwerthji Koffi Keltek

Abigail Hubbucks

I’ve absolutely loved meeting such interesting people and being able to put the world to rights with loving people in a magical nook, can’t wait to be back

Shaun Paul

The Cornish language community has never had somewhere quite like this to call home - somewhere to drop in, knowing there would always be a Cornish speaker or two, along with amazing coffee, and a welcome into what can only be described as the family that surrounds The Celtic Lounge.

Cathy Armstrong

Can’t believe this post has been there all day and no comments! Where is everyone! We love the cafe - and the music - and will be back for our Friday night coffees after work as soon as you open. I also have the postcards for Jane. Keep smiling.

Gwynnie Griffiths

Thanks for being so welcoming, it’s like enjoying a warm, cosy sitting room.

Johnny Weston

Everyone's gonna be flocking back soon. Loved spending time there tucked away in a Celtic realm outside of Newquay. Such a welcoming and intimate space to meet people with something interesting to share. Inquisitive and curious as I am, I can't say i've ever left the coffee shop without feeling like i've learnt something. Many a folk met in there I never would've met had I not been in at all. And that's the best part of it. Such a fun and empathic space to share stories. We all need a circle like this, especially in these isolated times. Looking forward to me next koffi.

Gabrielle Ward

Gabrielle Ward recommends Urban Kelt Celtic Coffee Shop - The Celtic Lounge.

What a hidden little gem this coffee shop is an absolute must for lovers of vegan and vintage it's packed to the rim with nautical and vintage displayed items ...the owner serves the best soy latte around and welcomes locals and strangers alike ..it's like visiting your favourite friend for coffee and escaping the hustle and bustle and stepping back in time ..a definite must for weary travellers.

Lee Chaffe

The past couple months since opening in September has been incredible for me. The social scene here is what I've always craved coming to a coffee shop (day and evening) especially during these times where meeting people and making friends seems to be getting harder. You will meet so many interesting and spiritual people and end up talking for hours about all sorts. You can make friends and connections very easily from the way it’s laid out. Bunney will always introduce you to new faces and make you feel part of the family. There's a lot of love in this building and it couldn't happen without Bunney’s huge heart and love. I'm very excited for the future plans of this place. Thank you