Alex Head’s Top 5 Spots Making A Difference
Alex Head, the woman behind catering company Social Pantry and the new seasonal-focused restaurant Soane’s Kitchen, takes a conscious approach her projects. Here, she shares five London spots making a difference while being delicious.
Café From Crisis for getting homeless and ex-offenders back into work. Head says, ‘Helping the homeless to get back on their feet, this café gives opportunity in the kitchen and front of house where new skills can be learnt, and confidence rebuilt. You have to try the famous Fireman’s Breakfast – banging!’
Café From Crisis, 64 Commercial Street, E1 6LT
Redemption Roasters for coffee with a conscience. Head says, ‘I proudly use redemption coffee at all my sites, the beans are roasted by young inmates at Alylesbury Prison. Having visited the guys inside, it is a great programme where they learn great new skills and love doing so’.
Redemption Roasters, 84b Lamb’s Conduit St, WC1N 3LR
The Clink for a dining experience with a difference. Head says, ‘On my last visit I took my Granny into Brixton Prison, she loved it. You only have to chat to the inmates serving you at The Clink to realise the positive impact it is making. Get yourself down to The Clink in Brixton prison for an unforgettable dining experience’.
The Clink, 1 Clink St, SE1 9DG
Cub for a step towards eliminating food waste. Head says, ‘These guys are flying the flag for pushing boundaries when it comes to zero waste and we love them for it. Get ready to embrace some alternative ingredients – think compost smoked carrot and precipitation of Lapsang Tannin…’
Cub, 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
Fifteen by Jamie Oliver for training chefs from disadvantaged backgrounds. Head says, ‘This really was pioneering when it opened back in 2002, by offering incredible apprentice programs to vulnerable young people they have helped plenty of people over the years. You only have to meet the brilliant Danny McCubbin, Jamie’s Culture Manager, and hear a few of the stories to be want to visit’.
Fifteen by Jamie Oliver, 15 Westland Pl, N1 7LP
Featured image: Cub