A new cafe will open in Stokes Croft at the end of July, offering tasty and nutritious meals while being affordable and community focused.
The Stokes Croft Food Project, which distributes free food to the hungry every Tuesday and Sunday afternoon, are opening the Pay What You Can Community Cafe, offering their services to even more people.
“There are very few affordable community eateries in Stokes Croft, despite a large local homeless population and many low-income families living in a small area,” say the team behind the project. “This is a neighbourhood where the local food provision is inaccessible to the majority of local people.”
The new cafe, which opens on Monday, July 27, hopes to counter the more expensive places to eat in Stokes Croft and instead offer affordable lunch to the whole community between midday and 2pm each week day.
An area of the new cafe will also available as a food bank where people can donate or request groceries.
Stokes Croft Food Project, a collaboration between Jamaica Street Stores and the Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft, was set up to tackle hunger and food poverty in the area, and operate using mutual aid, helping the community become more resilient and stronger.
The chefs at Jamaica Street Stores already cook 150 vegetarian meals every Tuesday afternoon and 80 meals every Sunday and, so far, the chefs have cooked more than 3,700 meals.
Some of these meals will become part of the cafe’s menu. Customers can expect to feast on everything from Moroccan butternut squash tagine and vegetable ratatouille with purple sprouting broccoli to pork belly and sausage casserole and tomato and wild garlic soup with freshly baked bread.
The team plan to make the cafe a permanent fixture in the neighbourhood, saying: “Covid precautions mean this will start as a takeaway service, but our long term vision is to develop this cafe into a shared eating space where everyone can sit and eat together.
“A space to provide the kind of affordable community hub that Stokes Croft really needs.”
All photos: Stokes Croft Food Project