Cafe serving junked food

9 October 2014

food_waste A cafe has opened in Bristol serving old food. Outrage!

Except it's actually food that's been chucked out by supermarkets and restaurants, ethically sourced from skips and the like.

Skipchen [urgh - Ed.] is being run as a not-for-profit cafe in Stokes Croft by campaigners highlighting the amount of edible food that is thrown away.

Naturally the venue varies from day to day, but there's been such delights as lobster, gorgonzola omelettes and seafood platters.

Skipchen cafe manager Sam Joseph said: "We see them do it and get the food out and into a refrigerator straight away. We have a real mix of people coming to the cafe and they sit on two long tables, so you could have a businessman sitting next to someone who is homeless one lunchtime," said Mr Joseph, before bursting into a rendition of Another Day in Paradise.

"People sometimes think they will be taking food from the needy when they come to us but the truth is there is so much to go round."

It's not all just ropey off-cuts, as they've also made a deal with Nando's to take spare chickens from their bins. Sounds delightful doesn't it? Bin chicken! Mmmmmmmm!

The cafe is the second of its type opened by The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). The first opened in Leeds nine months ago.


  • Olly
    FoodCycle have been doing g this for a while in various locations around the country...
  • kv
    "ethically sourced from skips" in other words they are engaging in theft. well done to their customers in supporting criminality.

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