Company Drinks explained. Drawing by Kathrin Böhm Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks Drop-in Picking Workshop and Walk, Eastbrokkend Country Park Image from Evelyn Hazard's archive. Mum, Nan and other family members, 1942. Blackcurrant Gleaning Trip, Essex, 2016. 2016 Company Drinks Range. Photo by Jennifer Balcombe Hop Harvest Trip, Little Scotney Farm, Kent,  2014. Photo by Elena Heatherwick


Company Drinks is a community space and social enterprise based in Barking and Dagenham, where we make drinks with and for each other. Company Drinks started out in 2014 to bring people back together through the act of picking and reconnecting with local green spaces and nearby countryside.

Company Drinks is now a co-working space and an expanding network of users, collaborators and partners, who come together to pick, grow, make, learn, unlock and share the resources and knowledge around us.

Like the seasons, Company Drinks changes and adapts, and is shaped by those who are involved. We collaborate and champion the ideas of those around us, encourage each other to re-imagine new ways of working, trading and existing together, through conversation, care and good company.

Company Drinks was set up in as an art commission, and registered as a Community Interest Company in 2015. We see ourselves as part of a larger community-focused ecosystem of care, that strives for an equal, just and non-discriminatory world.

Last revised 03 December 2020

For more information watch our latest short film here to hear the full story.

There is also a short documentary from our first Hopping Trip and our 2016 Foreign Pickers film.
Or have a look at the Company Drinks Book,

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Last reviewed 03 December 2020

Be inclusive, our space and workshops are accessible to all, and we welcome everyone.
Be transparent, we are open and visible with the inner workings of how we run things.
Be anti – oppression, we are supportive of all marginalised groups, whether this affects race, age, gender or ability.
Give more than we take – we want people to leave us with more than they came to us with, this could be knowledge, food, drink or social interaction.
We are all teachers and learners – and respect everyone’s knowledge.
Being flexible – to change, we want to learn and grow as a community company and are open to changes to help us grow.
Promote positive community collaboration – we want people to work together collaboratively and in supportive environments.

Sharing healthy food and growing knowledge, giving people information and hand-on opportunities for healthier food choices.
Practice an economy that cares about the well-being of our minds, bodies and planet.