A big hello and welcome to Abbey’s Community Cafe, a weekly Saturday pop up cafe at Abbey Community Centre.
We are a café with a difference; putting community and positive change at the heart of our purpose (and great food and drink!). You can find us serving delicious, home-cooked, vegetarian food every Saturday between 11am-2pm. Come and join us!
Abbey’s Cafe was started up with funding from the Evening Standard Food For London fund at the London Community Foundation. We are now funded by the People’s Health Trust and Tesco Bags of Help.
What makes us different?
Well, firstly we are not prioritising profit. We want to provide a warm, welcoming and friendly place that everyone from the youngest to the oldest in our community can enjoy and benefit from.
Our cafe is mainly run and staffed by brilliant volunteers. Why are we doing this? We want to offer rewarding work experience placements to local residents. We know that returning to work or changing career can be very challenging. We also know that good experience helps develop skills and provides meaningful and recent examples to talk about on a job application and in an interview. It’s also a fun thing to do if you have some spare time and want to meet people and keep active.
Do you ever wonder what happens to those wonky carrots the supermarket doesn’t want? Those packages that get a little bit damaged? Well more often than not they are headed to a land fill despite being absolutely perfect still. By working with the wonderful Felix Project and other similar organisations who coordinate with supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants to supply places like us with surplus food, Abbey’s rescues this surplus food and puts it to better use. We stop fresh food, end-of-line products and misshapen veggies going to land fill and instead create healthy, home cooked meals here in the community.
Although you will always find some popular classics on our menu like jacket potatoes and beans on toast, every week you will also find us cooking a different special main course and dessert depending on what food we receive. But you can rely on always being delicious, wholesome and affordable. Nothing at Abbey’s costs more than £2. To make sure as many people as possible can enjoy eating at Abbey’s everything we cook is also vegetarian.
We look forward to seeing you soon!