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November 3, 2016

My Kingdom to your door

A subscription service and Friday night trading – change is afoot at the Kingdom.

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  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Julian Cebo

Just one year in and My Kingdom for a Horse has established itself as a go-to café in Adelaide’s southwestern pocket.

Their meticulously constructed meals and house-roasted coffee has been the right combination at the right time for Adelaide’s brunching masses.


 Keep an eye on the My Kingdom for a Horse Facebook page for the official launch date of their coffee subscription service, and for more information on which locals are featured during their Hot Kingdom Knights.

What’s surprising though is that this was never owner Emily Raven’s aim.

“We wanted to do a micro roastery, and I’ve been learning to roast coffee for a while, and I was looking for an angle to come back into the hospitality industry that was interesting for me,” Emily says.


The café’s Probat roaster sits proudly

“I initially wanted to do just that, but … I was unsure whether people would accept just the coffee aspect of it.

“However, when we opened the café… it was something that people wanted, and we had to surf the wave with that.”

With this initial success, Emily was able to plunge into her newfound passion for coffee roasting, while at the same time exercise her expertise – running a professional kitchen – but her larger vision for the coffee side of the business was put on hold.

My Kingdom for a Horse owner, Emily Raven

My Kingdom for a Horse owner, Emily Raven

The time has come now, though, for My Kingdom to expand, and what this means for fans of the café, is roasted beans direct to your door.

Emily will be launching a fortnightly subscription service for the growing number of coffee addicts with home kits, wanting to recreate the café experience in their own home.

“So people [can] buy a subscription, their account will be debited monthly, and coffee will be dispatched every two weeks… we can grind it for them if they need that, and we’ll also sell gear online,” Emily says.

This is not the only development for the Wright Street restaurant.

Starting Friday, 4 November My Kingdom for a Horse will be opening late on Friday nights, with an updated menu to better reflect their evening hours.

Share plate-style cheese and charcuterie, and a few updated menu items, are all primed to be paired with Emily’s carefully selected locally made beer, cider, wine and spirits, for what she is optimistically (get your act together, spring) calling Hot Kingdom Knights.

Emily engaged local design firm Parallax to create the café distinct visual identity

Emily engaged local design firm Parallax to create the café distinct visual identity

“We want to be a place where daytime customers, our business customers, feel comfortable grabbing a table and having a light snack and some drinks after work,” Emily says.

“After work, or pre-dinner, just somewhere to hang out.”

Adding to the allure of the food and beverage, each Friday night event will feature a local musician, and a local brewer, winemaker, or distiller, starting this week with Jonny Lee and Antipodes Gin.

Friday nights just got a lot more regal.

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