Recycled food cafe

Skipchen Cafe Bristol

A new cafe which only sells food saved from RUBBISH BINS has opened in Bristol to rave reviews.

‘Skipchen’ is a new community eatery where customers are invited to pay what they like for food which otherwise would have been thrown away.

Bethan Cox, 22, a student from Bristol said, “The food was amazing. I had a trout bagel – and they definitely give out generous portions. I think it’s a good use of the food, I don’t want to see it go to waste.”

Joshua Evans, 22, a student from Bristol said, “The food is remarkably fresh.

“It was really quick to arrive and well-cooked. I think it’s a great idea, it’s just a shame it hasn’t taken off quicker and more people haven’t gotten on board.”

Ben Saunders, 22, said “I thought it was very tasty – the potato salad was great and the pizza was beautiful.

“I think it’s a brilliant idea. It sends a strong message against the culture of waste. It’s an effective way to battle waste.”

Skipchen, which opened on Monday (OCT 6), is run by a group of five volunteers organised by the Real Junk Food Project, a community interest company.

Reportedly, some of the food on offer in Skipchen is surplus stock collected from supermarket bins after closing time. Other food is donated by local farmers and suppliers.

The cafe is currently being hosted by Stokes Croft bar Crofters Rights, which is not charging any rent.

Volunteer co-directors Katie Jarman, 24, and Sam Joseph, 24, both came from a similar cafe in Leeds, where the project was a huge success.

“We noticed that people liked this project in Leeds and so we decided to bring it to Bristol because there is a great community ethos here,” said Miss Jarman.

None of the dishes have been priced and customers are invited to pay as they feel, according to their own assessment of the food presented.

Miss Jarman said: “The concept of ‘pay-as-you-feel’ means that anyone can use it.

“You will have homeless people who are really hungry, who might not have eaten for a few days, eating with people who have just been to the cafe next door and spent £10 on a sandwich the previous week.

“We have families who want to feed their kids on a budget and students who are after a really good meal come to visit us.

“The whole point is that there is no demographic here.”

Although the kitchen has not yet been inspected by food safety inspectors from Bristol City Council, Miss Jarman said she is not worried about safety concerns.

She said: “We have registered with the council, but we’ve only been here for three days and so we haven’t had an inspection yet.

“We’ll pass – all our volunteers have a level three health and safety certificate and the electrics have all been checked out, because we’re a part of the Crofters Rights.”

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