The Cauldron is a magical pub where we use technology to simulate the magic you've been reading about in fantasy books. A generation of people have grown up reading about magic, and now we have the chance to bring some small part of that into the world.  

We are creating a physical location that straddles the line between the magical and non-magical worlds... a place where adult fans can visit, have a pint, and geek out.

Believe in imagination. 

Believe in magic. 

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Disclaimer: The Cauldron Magical Pub & Inn is broadly inspired by fantasy and science-fiction and is a place for fans of magic.  It is not endorsed by, affiliated with or associated with Warner Bros. or J.K. Rowling or otherwise connected with Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.  It is also not endorsed by, affiliated with or associated with Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Rivers of London, The Magicians, Dune, The Name of the Wind, Star Wars, or otherwise connected with any one specific text or series.

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We value attention to detail, and some of the specifics of the Cauldron are perhaps what make it most special. We want to share some of our finer ideas and look forward to the input that other fans can provide, too.


Our food menu will feature dishes that are mentioned in fantasy texts. We will do our best to stay within Canon, and we will source our recipes and ideas for the implementation of those dishes from our community of fans. There is plenty of room for creativity!  

Also, the extended fantasy world must have Vegetarians, Vegans, and Gluten-free Wizards and Witches, and will make sure there are options suitable for guests with different dietary restrictions. Our food will be of the highest quality, and sourced from local farmers who are focused on organic, humane, and Free Range farming techniques.


Our drink menu will be full of magic-inspired cocktails, ales, wines, spirits, and soft drinks.  We will create spectacular science-based cocktails that look and behave like potions, elixirs, and substances that are described in fantasy books. Our resident mixologist will be tasked with using the magical elements in our pub to brew drinks that capture your imagination. It’s a boozy mix of mixology, science, and technology.

Every two weeks our cocktail menu will feature two signature cocktails that were invented by Kickstarter Backers who choose the “Create your own cocktail” Reward. 

Our selection of craft beers and ales will be carefully selected and will feature innovative breweries that push the boundaries in Brewing Science. Our signature beer, The Cauldron Ale, will be hand crafted and served in a specialty bottom-filling pint glass. And naturally, all of our beers and ales will be poured using a magic wand! If you represent an innovative brewery, distillery, or winery, please do get in contact!


We would like the Cauldron to be a true public house for the community. We will gladly cater to book clubs, book readings, book signings, games meetups, and fan culture. What better place for some magical pub trivia than a magical pub? Get in contact today!

Referral Program

Are you a teacher, author, magical sports team, or meetup group? We would love to become a home to educational field trips, book signings, book readings, pub trivia, and meetups. With our Referral Program you can have first opportunity to reserve a space in The Cauldron for your events when we open our doors.

Register your interest through the contact form on our website. We will send you a referral code and an email with more instructions, which you can forward to friends and family.  If 20 backers or more use that code when filling in their backer survey, your you have earned a spot at the front of the queue when we open the pub to bookings. The more backers use your referral code, the higher you are on the list.

School Trips


Are you an educator looking to engage your students in science, technology, and literature? We will gladly host teachers and classroom groups for a student-friendly, educational visit to The Cauldron during the day, where we will look at the science and literature behind the Cauldron.

The founder of the Cauldron began his career as a reading teacher and holds a MSc in Education and Social Change, and would like nothing more than to work with teachers and students to get them excited and interested STEM and reading.

Register your interest through the contact form on our website. We will send you a referral code, and if 20 backers or more use that code when filling in their backer survey, your class has earned a spot at the front of the queue when we open the pub to field trips!

A Literary Pub

The Cauldron will be a literary pub that is a homage to fantasy fiction and science fiction books, like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Rivers of London, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. As such, there will be a strong emphasis on literature and historical inspirations used in well-known fantasy fiction. 

Books will quite literally be everywhere in the pub. While they visit, visitors can grab a book to read off one of our many bookshelves, or even plug into a listening station and enjoy an audiobook.

Book Donation

Visitors The Cauldron are encouraged to bring with them a copy of their favorite childhood book, which will be donated to a reading classroom in need through a charitable organization.  We want to help build robust classroom libraries and support a new generation of young readers.


Because this is a somewhat unusual Kickstarter project, it is uncertain exactly when we will secure premises. It really depends on the property market in London, which is out of our control.  We have been working with property agents in London who specialize in this market.  However in between securing premises and Opening Day, we will be hosting Magical Hackathons and refining the technology used within the pub.

We intend to have rewards shipped in time for the 2017 holiday season!


We believe that this idea is executable and deliverable with $500,000. The majority of our costs will go toward securing premises in London and getting the pub up to scratch. Many of these costs are the initial costs needed to refurbish and open the pub and keep it going for the first few months. 

A pub in this part of London has an annual turnover of about 1.9 million dollars, so once we open our doors in February 2018 we should see monthly turnover of over $150,000.  This money will immediately be invested back into the Cauldron.

Once we get going, we will add features to the pub, develop more Magical Tech, and keep pace with the demands for pub’s inventory and staff.

Stretch Goal

If we can significantly surpass our goal, we would like The Cauldron to become an inn as well as a pub. If this happens, guests can book a stay at The Cauldron and be completely immersed in the magical experience. 

Guest rooms will be specifically designed to embody descriptions found in fantasy fiction books.  We will implement Magical Technology in imaginative and natural ways.  Each guest will receive a wand that is used to lock and unlock their room, as well as control elements within the room, like the lights.

Our Kickstarter Backers with Advanced Access will have the opportunity to book a stay in the Cauldron before booking is open to the general public. 

Why Kickstarter?

We chose crowdfunding instead of traditional funding as the vehicle to make The Cauldron a reality because this idea should belong to a community of fans and not just a handful of people. Just as important as the funding to make this project a reality are the contributions and engagement from excited and creative fans like you. By opening up this idea to crowdfunding we hope to build something that every fantasy fan will love to visit when in London.

Also, this idea is a bit out there.  It requires imagination, creativity, and a leap of faith. The beauty of crowdfunding is that it gives crazy ideas like this one a chance to succeed.


Matthew Cortland is the founder and proprietor of The Cauldron. He is a product designer, technologist, and fantasy fiction geek. Matt brings several years experience working in startups and technology companies in Europe and Asia, and began his career as a high school reading teacher with Teach for America in Miami. Matt holds advanced degrees in Creative Digital Media and Education & Social Change.

You can learn more about Matthew at He can be found on Twitter @mattcortland.

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Hannah Kahn

Hannah Kahn has joined The Cauldron as we prepare for our Kickstarter launch.  As HEIC, she is primarily coordinating our Elves to help promote and raise awareness about our project on social media.  She is a lover of all things fantasy and has off the charts logistical skills.



Travis Davis is an engineer and lifelong tinkerer, who likes to couple his imagination with the mechanical world. He works at NASA, where he is a rocket engine valve design and test engineer.  Travis holds an advanced degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His education began in a one-room schoolhouse in rural South Dakota and he was raised on his family's cattle ranch and homestead that spans across South Dakota and Montana, where his family has lived since the American western expansion.

You can read more about Travis here.

Early Hires

The Cauldron is an early-stage technology startup and the team behind The Cauldron will be the backbone of its success. Our next two hires will be a senior engineer with experience in hardware and connected devices and a senior manager with experience in the pub and restaurant industry in London. We will also be hiring a person with experience in event management for hackathons and events in the technology community. We are looking for passionate, creative, and competent individuals who believe in our mission and are excited to build something magical.  Employee share options available.

If you are interested in applying to our company, please visit

The Pub’s Staff

Our staff will first and foremost be fans of the fantasy universe because we want their enthusiasm and knowledge to enhance your experience. The pub’s proximity to London’s West End and the large number of acting schools in the city means that we can recruit off-duty actors and performers to work at The Cauldron. We will seek colourful personalities that add to our team dynamic and pub’s theme.

For employment opportunities, please visit

Photo Credit: Laura Kressly

Photo Credit: Laura Kressly


We are lucky to have several consultants who are donating their time to help The Cauldron to succeed.  These talented professional are volunteering their professional services, and are part of what make this fandom so terrific.


Alison Hooper is a geeky, fantasy loving graphic designer based in London. She specializes in web graphics, personalised greetings cards, cover art and publicity material for all kinds of theatrical and musical events. She owns and operates Obsidian Dream Designs, a small design company that creates inspiring and eye catching graphics.  You can see Alison's work here.


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