The ground and first floors of the Fire Station are home to Brigade, a social enterprise bistro and bar. Brigade was started by chef founder Simon Boyle, whose Beyond Food Foundation offers work experience, catering skills and qualifications for people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness.

This short video explains how it works.

Brigade’s bar and bistro is the heart of the Fire Station. It also offers superb private dining facilities and runs a cook school, offering team building days out.

Beyond Food Foundation uses food as a catalyst to work with more than 250 people a year through a six week programme called ‘Freshlife’. 150 Freshlife participants get the chance to attend workshops at Brigade, experience its fine dining and gain work experience in the busy ‘live’ kitchen. Up to 28 people each year go on to do full apprenticeships at the restaurant.

PwC’s volunteer mentors work with the apprentices on a one-to-one basis, helping them prepare for employment and working on areas such as confidence building, money management and CV writing.

To support the Fire Station and find out more about the work of the Beyond Food Foundation, stop by at Brigade for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or why not consider it as a venue for business entertaining, private dining, wine tasting events or team building at the cook school.