‘Pop up’ restaurant traineeships

We recruit around 15 marginalised and unemployed young people from target Pennine communities who have an interest in food. Some will be budding horticulturalists and some have a passion for cooking or serving customers. The result after a 14 week practical training programme is that the young people put on their own ‘pop up’ restaurant! Some of the young people will grow the food, some will cook it and some will serve it. All under the watchful eye of the EAT Pennines management team!

Our  most recent ‘pop up restaurant’ took place on Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th March, 2017 at the Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth, Lancashire. Guests paid what they felt the meal was worth and you can read more about it here from the Bolton News. The programme was focussed on Bolton and supported by Bolton at Home.

We’re busy working with Contour Homes and Hyndburn Homes (part of Symphony Housing) to develop our next project in Hyndburn and Blackburn. We’re recruiting young people now and we’ll start in April. Our pop up restaurant will take place at the ‘Dog Inn’ community pub in Belthorn in June/July 2017 after the young people undertake their training and work experience! We’re also hosting a range of ‘pop up’ restaurant events in Heaton Park, Manchester- see the details on the poster below!

If you’re an individual or business and would like to sponsor a young person or a whole programme, then please contact glen@eatpennines.com

Twinning with Angouleme, France

Bury is twinned with Angouleme and that meant that we really had to start a culinary exchange with our French friends! Since 2015, we’ve undertaken 2 exchange visits, where our trainees and Glen have taken part in the ‘Gastronomades’ food festival where we do food demonstrations and teach school pupils how to cook Lancashire dishes! We now have a relationship with the catering college in Angouleme and have ERASMUS students coming to work in our kitchens alongside our own trainees! Our next cohort of trainees from Angouleme arrived in March 2017 and worked at our sites in Heaton Park and Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom.

We fund-raise for our trip to Angouleme each November, which is highly culturally enriching for the young people who take part, some of whom have had to get a passport as they have never been abroad before!

If you’re an individual or business and would like to sponsor a young person or our trip to Angouleme, then please contact glen@eatpennines.com

Heaton Park Community Orchard

We’ve just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop a community orchard in Manchester’s iconic Heaton Park! We’ll be developing a bespoke horticultural traineeship for unemployed young people, which will include craft training in beekeeping and fruit tree grafting! This project will complement our current horticulture training centre in the old council greenhouses in Heaton Park. We’re working with Manchester City Council, Manchester Beekeeping Association and Incredible Edible in Heaton Park.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the orchard project or at our community horticulture centre, then please contact rachael@eatpennines.com

Eagle + Child, Ramsbottom: refurbished with accommodation

Our first site and flagship project has undergone a substantial refurbishment and now offers top quality accommodation! We look forward to welcoming you as you can be assured that your custom as a hotel guest is supporting young people into work!