A Refugee-Run Veggie Supper Club Is Taking Over The Hornbeam Cafe This Month

London’s ethical supper club scene is booming at the moment – over the past few months, we’ve seen everything from homelessness-fighting home cooking to experimental plant-based pop-ups. This month,...

London’s ethical supper club scene is booming at the moment – over the past few months, we’ve seen everything from homelessness-fighting home cooking to experimental plant-based pop-ups.

This month, a more radical take on social dining is hitting the Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow. Stories & Supper combines storytelling with global vegeterian cuisine to challenge the myths surrounding the migration crisis. Each supper club is led by a refugee from a different country, working with a team of volunteers to produce top-quality food and inspiring stories.


It promises to be a truly immersive experience. In the intimate setting of the Hornbeam you will hear first-hand from refugees about their lives and experiences through stories, poetry and music – and, at the same time, dine on a three-course veggie meal inspired by their home cuisines… all for the very reasonable price of £20. Taking place every Saturday of the month, the next two supper clubs are:

21st October – introducing you to Burmese and Bangladeshi fusion food created by local chefs Mariam and Tasnim.

28th October – seeing the return of Sudanese chef Hawari.

For the refugees themselves, these unique evenings are really just the end result of an enriching process which includes English language support, food safety training, project coordination, storytelling workshops, mentoring and more. Unfortunately, the ticket price only covers about half of what they need to cover. If you make it to one of their nights, please consider donating an additional £10 on top of your ticket price to help make this pioneering social enterprise sustainable.

Stories & Supper is taking place every Saturday in October at social enterprise the Hornbeam Cafe (58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9AH). You can book tickets and make your £10 donation here… find out more about Stories & Supper here.

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