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Shipping Container Cafés and Bars

Our shipping container cafés and bars are a modern and creative way to start your catering business or expand your operations. Create a custom-built space that fits your vision and reflects your aesthetic with our container conversion services


From floor-to-ceiling windows to seating and storage, we’re here to make your shipping container cafe vision into a reality. Create a bespoke interior with accessories and features that meet your business and branding needs and benefit from our competitive pricing and UK-wide delivery.

Shipping Container Cafes and Bars: Features and Dimensions

Planning on creating a shipping container coffee shop or bar? Our expert engineers have brought many ambitious restaurant and cafe concepts to life.

Shipping Container Café and Bar Features

  • Stand out with striking branding, such as with vinyl wrapping and ‘off the wall’ décor
  • Option to include self-contained kitchens/kitchenettes for shipping container cafés, bars, and restaurant conversions
  • Fully weatherproof and secure for inside and outside use
  • Easily portable for festivals, events, and other pop-up opportunities

Shipping Container Café and Bar Dimensions

We can create a custom shipping container café space to fit your vision, including:

Containers can be stacked and modified to suit your business needs. Reach out to our team for more information about how we can support your café conversion project.

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Solihull Beech House Pub

See how we worked with eclectic restaurant The Beech House to build a fun and modern pub, which could also act as an alfresco bar and dining area within the establishment’s beautiful gardens.

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Wahaca: Pop-up Restaurant

See how we worked with national Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca to deliver the ‘Southbank Experiment’, a containerised pop-up restaurant capable of seating 130 diners.

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Barr Gazetas: Pop-up Café

See how we worked with award-winning London based architects Barr Gazetas to help bring their pop-up cafe concept to life and create more rental space for Battersea Studios in the process.

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5th Feb 2024

Hi from ordering the container to its delivery it was all carried out extremely professionally and Claire was a pleasure to deal with. Andrew

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28th Jan 2024

Great service from first contact to delivery, Elisha answered all my queries by email promptly so we had clear knowledge of the product. Delivery driver called an hour before just as they said he would, then positioned it perfectly for us. 10/10. Will be using again.

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23rd Jan 2024

Excellent customer service from quotation through to delivery.

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Buying A Shipping Container Café or Bar from S Jones

From industrial giant to small start-ups, we’ve been helping businesses across the UK for 40+ years:

  • Reliable delivery: We ship across the UK 
  • Great prices: Competitive pricing on shipping container conversion projects
  • Country-wide locations: Our depots across the country allow for fast shipping and great service nationwide
  • Customer satisfaction: We’re recommended by 98% of our customers
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Shipping Container Café and Bar FAQs

What is a shipping container café, bar, or restaurant?

A shipping container café, bar, or restaurant is a type of food or beverage business that lives inside of converted shipping containers

Available in all sorts of sizes and designs, shipping containers are renovated and modified into a functioning catering business space, complete with fitted kitchens, seating, and any other bespoke options that will suit your individual catering needs, so you can operate efficiently and provide a comfortable space for customers to enjoy.

Will I need permits or planning permission for a shipping container cafe?

Yes, you’ll likely need a few different types of permits or licences to operate a shipping container café, bar, or restaurant. The specifics will depend on your location and the regulations in your area and industry. 

Generally, you’ll need permits for:

  • Food and/or alcohol service
  • Zoning
  • Health and safety approval
  • Business licensing
  • Outdoor seating or structures 

Be sure to research and contact your local authority to make sure you’re complying with legal requirements.

How are shipping container cafes, bars, and restaurants built?

Shipping container cafes, bars, or restaurants typically begin as standard shipping containers. They are then modified and retrofitted based on the needs of the business. 

This typically involves cutting out windows and doors, reinforced the general structure, adding insulation, and laying the groundwork for electrical wiring, plumbing, or other utilities. 

Once the general structure is set up, shipping containers can be painted, decorated, and customised to suit the branding of the café, bar, or restaurant. This includes adding kitchen equipment, seating, and storage.

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