On the move: The Long Table finds a new home


The Long Table has put pen to paper on a new home.

Co-founder Tom Herbert and his team are set to be evicted at the end of the month from their current premises at Brimscombe Port, with the former industrial site earmarked for residential use, with more than 150 houses and flats as well as small business use. The new premises will be at Brimscombe Mill – a stone’s throw from their current base.

The Long Table is part of the Grace Network social enterprise organisation and one of a number of businesses, including Rush Skate Park and the Stroud Furniture Bank, who are due to move off the site at the end of this month.

Tom Herbert at The Long Table. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

A delighted Tom revealed: “Last week, we signed the lease on Brimscombe Mill, a doer-upper of a place with beautiful bones, nestled on the floodplain between the canal and the river.

The sign at Brimscombe Mills. Picture: Hannah Bigwood.

“It’s a lush place, rich with history, wildlife, and potential. Handily, The Mill couldn’t be much closer to our current residence at the port. The Mill buildings run alongside the canal towpath on the other side of the road, past the Ship Inn.

The team at The Long Table. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

“The Council – our landlord at the Port – has confirmed that our electricity supply will be cut off at the end of September so that work to demolish the buildings can start.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride for us as we pack down, make the Mill usable, and reopen as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your encouragement, support and understanding. We’ll be glad of any help – yard clearing, planting, fixing up, painting and celebrating.

“We will let people know in the coming weeks how you can get involved.”

The interior of Brimscombe Mills. Picture: Hannah Bigwood.
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