Eagle + Child, Ramsbottom: UK Pub of the Year 2017/18

Our first site and flagship project underwent a substantial refurbishment in early 2017 and now offers top quality accommodation! We were awarded the UK Pub of 2017 in the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards for our high standards and unique concept. This was a real achievement for us, especially as these awards are voted by the industry experts!

We look forward to welcoming you as you can be assured that your custom as a hotel guest is supporting young people into work!

‘Pop up’ restaurant projects

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 in April, 2018 at the Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth, Lancashire. Guests paid what they felt the meal was worth. This was our second offer of this great project and you can read more about it here from the Bolton News. The programme was focussed on Bolton and supported by Bolton at Home.

During 2017, we were busy working with Contour Homes and Hyndburn Homes (part of Onward Housing) to develop our project in Hyndburn and Blackburn. We recruited young people to work at the ‘Dog Inn’ community pub in Belthorn during June/July 2017. The project has supported the pub in enabling a catering contract to be tried and tested before a successful tender in September.

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 3 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 2018 and are working at our Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom site for 3 months.

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 completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop a community orchard in Manchester’s iconic Heaton Park!  This project has complemented 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. The orchard contributes to the heritage of the park and supports Manchester City Council with their community engagement targets as we help to involve many different groups in various practical tasks in Heaton Park every year. We hope that this project will help Manchester City Council continue to develop Heaton Park as a valuable community asset!

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