Opportunities for disabled people - and romance - at Stratford’s newest cafe

Unity Kitchen Cafe catering assistants Scott and Pascal who both came through the training and appre

Unity Kitchen Cafe catering assistants Scott and Pascal who both came through the training and apprentice scheme. Picture: Robin Robertson - Credit: Archant

The first cafe to open in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is hoping to host weddings and provide employment opportunities for disabled people.

Unity Kitchen Cafe, currently sitting in the newly-built Timberlodge in the North Park, Stratford, opened for business at the Open East Festival on July 27.

It is run by the Camden Society, a charity that works with people with disabilities across London and Oxfordshire, which set up the cafe as a social enterprise.

The eaterie currently has 15 members of staff, six of whom were recruited through a training and employment scheme run by the charity.

The Unity Kitchen Cafe has space for up to 80 indoor diners and another 100 at a table outside as well as 150m squared of community space which it hopes will be used by local schools, for corporate meetings, social get-togethers, and yoga or dance classes.

It is also waiting to be issued with a civil weddings licence so happy couples can get hitched there.

Denise Largin, chief executive of the Camden Society, said: “Unity Kitchen Café is a proud addition to the five London outlets we already run.

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“It means we have expanded our offer of top-quality locally-sourced produce to this fantastic Olympic Park venue.

“The new café is family-friendly. We’re right next to the Tumbling Bay children’s playground and serve child-friendly food.”