The Friends House Restaurant, based at the central offices of the Quakers in Britain on London’s Euston Road, have won the Community Award at the Food Made Good Awards 2017.
Working with the Douglas House Project, Friends House established a social enterprise bakery for men with personality disorders.
The bakery gave men who had recently been released from prison or hospital the chance to learn how to create, bake, sell and deliver cakes and sweets. The restaurant helped many of them gain food hygiene qualifications and four are now paid apprentices at Friends House. The restaurant sells bread and cakes made by the men.
Friends House fought off tough competition from category runners’ up Bristol-based Friska and the Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat.
Open weekdays from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm (Fridays: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm; Saturdays 8:30 am – 3:30 pm), the Quaker Centre Café welcomes everyone. The bakery now provides the Café with cakes, such as brownies and sponge cakes, and sweets, such as fudge.
Also, the café now runs a Suspended Coffee scheme where you can buy a coffee for someone in need.
Open weekday lunchtimes (Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm), Friends House Restaurant is a buffet style restaurant specialising in tasty home cooked sustainably sourced food. With a large open plan seating area and outside terrace, the restaurant is fully accessible.