Sunday, June 16, 2024

Brews and Bites: Culture Cafe

(Photo cred: Shelia Sullivan)

WILLIAMSBURG — “Brews and Bites” is a feature series that showcases locally-owned food and drink establishments in the Historic Triangle.

Culture Café has been in business since 2016. Owned and run by Louise Woods and Chef Scott Hoyland, this downtown Williamsburg restaurant recently relaunched and serves breakfast and lunch.
“Our commitment to quality has led us to carefully curate a menu that is cooked to perfection in Culture’s kitchen. We are proud to serve freshly baked artisan bread, crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. Each loaf is lovingly made by Chef Scott, using only the finest quality ingredients,” said Woods.”Additionally, we are proud to serve freshly-brewed coffees from local roasters throughout the day. You can also indulge in an exciting selection of day cocktails, wine, local beer and ales.”
(photo cred: Sheila Sullivan)

Hoyland’s culinary journey includes perfecting his skills while serving his apprenticeship at Lasserre Restaurant in Paris. Additionally, Hoyland became a semi-finalist in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition, which earned him the privilege of hosting a celebrated James Beard dinner.

“What sets Chef Scott’s restaurant apart is his unwavering commitment to pushing culinary boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for simplicity and traditional cooking methods. His cutting-edge style creates a dining experience that is both innovative and comforting, satisfying even the most discerning palates,” Woods continues, “Through his dishes, he pays homage to classic techniques while infusing them with a contemporary twist, resulting in a menu that surprises and excites.”

During the challenging times of the pandemic, Chef Scott redirected his focus to mastering the art of artisan bread making. Three years of experimentation and a relentless pursuit of perfection have led to outstanding results. Each loaf is meticulously handcrafted using traditional methods, ensuring a deep respect for the craft.

(photo cred: Sheila Sullivan)

Prices at Culture Cafe range from $8-$17 dollars. Having just restructured its menu, the main focus has been all-day brunch, with a variety of dishes and drinks to make it ideal for customers of all ages and tastes.

The restaurant is described as “cool urban,” with fresh local ingredients to create its cuisine and offer a vibrant atmosphere. Its innovative menu is inspired by funky flavors, with each visit providing a unique dining experience that strives to transport guests to an exciting culinary adventure.
“Whether indulging in our freshly-baked artisan bread to signature dishes or savoring handcrafted cocktails at the bar, we never fail to leave a lasting impression on all who enter our doors,” said Woods.
During the evenings, the restaurant space is utilized for special events hosted by Culture Cafe and catered private parties.
Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To learn more about Culture Cafe, visit its website.
Brews and Bites is a feature series that showcases locally-owned food and drink establishments in the Historic Triangle. If you would like to submit a business to be featured, please send an email to

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