Manchester - Real Junk Food Cafe (Pay as you feel)
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Manchester - Real Junk Food Cafe (Pay as you feel)

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LocalFound 12th Jul
I recently found about this cafe in Manchester and it is amazing! They collect unwanted food from supermarkets and restaurants (all obviously perfectly safe to eat - usually given for cosmetic reasons or just past best before) and they make amazing meals out of it! The place is staffed by a combination of chefs, managers and volunteers (I am the latter) and it is completely up to you what you pay (even nothing is acceptable).

I am sure there will be a debate about how much you should pay and people juding others etc... but I won't be taking part into that! Everything you want to or can pay is appreciated by them and helps them continue to re-use food waste and feed the people of Manchester.

Please go to this place, try it out (upstairs takeaway and downstairs) is a proper sit down cafe) and tell all your friends about it! They accept card and if you want to pay more but only have a quid in your wallet, please go and spend that quid here rather than going elsewhere.

Its open 11.30 - 3pm and also does fine dining evenings.

See below for a few FAQ (I made them up myself based on what I think people will ask)

What is pay as you feel?

This means that there is no set price on food – people can make a donation of whatever they feel the food is worth. This makes people consider the true value of this food that was going to be thrown away.There are other obvious benefits to pay as you feel – it makes the food accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial status. We encourage people to volunteer with us instead of paying us money, even if that just involves washing up for half an hour during the event.

Donations of time and skills are just as valuable as money. We couldn’t exist without our talented network of volunteers who are willing to help us out when we need a poster designing or food collecting, some music at our next pop-up café or someone to run kids’ activities.

Can you takeaway?
Yes, and you can takeaway more than one meal if you fancy microwaving something for your evening meal! My personal opinion is that you should always consider how much the cafe has left (so for my evening meal, I donate the same amount but I ask them what they have loads of left of - that way I am ensuring others, namely the most disadvantaged, are getting the best meals). I also take in my own tupperware so they don't have to use a box!

Is everything pay as you feel?
Everything is pay as you feel except the speciality coffee as the beans are bought in specially. The coffee is amazing though, and filter coffee and tea is pay as you feel.

What if I want to pay less or can't pay?
There is no obligation to pay anything, but the charitable business model relies on those who can afford to making a donation for what they feel their meal is worth. Cash is put in a small envelope so it is completely anonymous what you pay (the staff don't look when you pay, it just stays in the envelope and all collected up). You can pay by card

Should I feel guilty for paying too little?
My personal opinion is no. It won't be found out if you pay less than you can afford or than you think is fair and it is completely your opinion. My argument would be that if you can afford a bit more and think the food is worth it, pay a bit more! That way, theres a lot more chance of the cafe being there the next day to serve everybody.

Also, if you normally spend £4-£8 on your lunch (thinking of Philpotts, Changos etc...) then why not go here and spend £3 instead? That way you save a bit of money and also it goes to a good cause.

What if I don't like the food?
They have a wide-ranging menu and this can be found each day on Twitter - twitter.com/realjunkfoodmcr

Just to clarify, I do not work for RJFM and they don't know I am making this post (I hope they don't mind). I have volunteered there once and have signed up to a few more shifts. However, I am independent of them.
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Sharpharp24 m ago

Nearly a year since that last rating...… a lot can change


There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have a rock bottom hygiene rating and people still choose to eat at them, all while paying for the privilege. All of the Real Junk Food Cafes I've visited are run by volunteers passionate about food and trying to reduce food waste. I'd much rather eat here than a lot of other available options. I don't really know what you're sticking your nose up about... perhaps because it's recycled food which would otherwise be going into the bin?

I'd suggest visiting your local RJF Cafe, see the produce they work with and meet the people before jumping to any conclusions. Who knows, you might even end up eating a great meal too!
Really hope this gets pinned by HUKD, looks great!
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Examples of a few meals I have had. Note that I took a bite out of the steak, not them
Edited by: "leypb" 12th Jul
corin.gillingham43 m ago

I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these …I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these meals to the homeless instead of people with a paying job?



1. Can you read?
2. Have you read the OP?
3. Have you followed the link to the website?

4. They are a food waste charity not a homeless charity (not to say they aren't helping the homeless - please see 1-3)
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Really hope this gets pinned by HUKD, looks great!
Fabulous stuff
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Examples of a few meals I have had. Note that I took a bite out of the steak, not them
Edited by: "leypb" 12th Jul
Ratz! I used to work in the Tootal Building for many years, this would have been sooo handy and the food looks great!
Heat from me!
Hope they do well.
willysnapper12th Jul

Ratz! I used to work in the Tootal Building for many years, this would …Ratz! I used to work in the Tootal Building for many years, this would have been sooo handy and the food looks great!Heat from me!Hope they do well.


I wish I had known about it earlier! I think it opened less than a year ago so you may have missed it
Great idea, voted hot! Hope this is well supported Hope it catches on
If you see this and like it, please vote hot I want this to be pinned!!
leypb19 m ago

I don't get the joke but to give a serious answer to your rhetorical …I don't get the joke but to give a serious answer to your rhetorical question - it is pay as you feel to allow the most vulnerable to have somewhere to go and get an amazing meal, whilst inviting others who can afford a bit more to donate and keep the place going. Food is better quality and (if you want it to be) cheaper than most Manchester cafe's!!



Heat for the post. I believe M_z is referring to the Prez of 'Murica's comments about being rather "hands on" with the ladies.....
escortboy51 m ago

Really hope this gets pinned by HUKD, looks great!


+1 on that, maybe @juliet_bravo could drop a hint over to pepper hq for that to happen!

Fab post @leypb and well done for volunteering for such a worthy, selfless cause

Been to Matt's in Swansea a few times and got to say, the food was tastier and healthy than most of the branded mainstream restaurants, that serve smaller portions, for £19 a plate!!!

Love the fact that after 30 years of waste, that the big buyers and supermarket chains, have got a bit involved in projects like this now, which is very, very slowly, starting to help all those less fortunate and unable to eat / sleep or live as normal human beings, due to the excessive pressures of life in the UK.

Hope @saasha.celestial-one & Tessa, see this pop up, as like the Real Junk Food Cafe projects, they need some more praise for their OLIO work, with the homeless, less fortunate and starving people (( that really do exist, all around this, we are not supposed to be a 3rd world country )) all the time!!!
Can you you walk and dine might try it out on Monday
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What's the council hygiene rating of this restaurant? Free doesn't mean it's safe for consumption
Sharpharp21 m ago

What's the council hygiene rating of this restaurant? Free doesn't mean …What's the council hygiene rating of this restaurant? Free doesn't mean it's safe for consumption


4 out of 5

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bertbert8 m ago

4 out of …4 out of 5http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/1013788/Real-Junk-Food-Manchester-Manchester



Nearly a year since that last rating...… a lot can change
Edited by: "Sharpharp" 12th Jul
Sharpharp11 m ago

Nearly a year since that last rating...… a lot can change


Yeah it could have improved
Sharpharp12th Jul

What's the council hygiene rating of this restaurant? Free doesn't mean …What's the council hygiene rating of this restaurant? Free doesn't mean it's safe for consumption


Give one of these a try first... then pop in the RJFC... let us all know if you think its safe!

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Sharpharp24 m ago

Nearly a year since that last rating...… a lot can change


There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have a rock bottom hygiene rating and people still choose to eat at them, all while paying for the privilege. All of the Real Junk Food Cafes I've visited are run by volunteers passionate about food and trying to reduce food waste. I'd much rather eat here than a lot of other available options. I don't really know what you're sticking your nose up about... perhaps because it's recycled food which would otherwise be going into the bin?

I'd suggest visiting your local RJF Cafe, see the produce they work with and meet the people before jumping to any conclusions. Who knows, you might even end up eating a great meal too!
ianbirtwistle20 m ago

There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have …There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have a rock bottom hygiene rating and people still choose to eat at them, all while paying for the privilege. All of the Real Junk Food Cafes I've visited are run by volunteers passionate about food and trying to reduce food waste. I'd much rather eat here than a lot of other available options. I don't really know what you're sticking your nose up about... perhaps because it's recycled food which would otherwise be going into the bin? I'd suggest visiting your local RJF Cafe, see the produce they work with and meet the people before jumping to any conclusions. Who knows, you might even end up eating a great meal too!



Calm down.... seems like you are one of the volunteers...
Get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the heat
MikeVuong2 h, 36 m ago

Can you you walk and dine might try it out on Monday


Yeah 11.30-3 on a Monday - I’ll actually be there from 1pm so say hi!
ianbirtwistle1 h, 53 m ago

There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have …There are plenty of restaurants, fast food chains and takeaways that have a rock bottom hygiene rating and people still choose to eat at them, all while paying for the privilege. All of the Real Junk Food Cafes I've visited are run by volunteers passionate about food and trying to reduce food waste. I'd much rather eat here than a lot of other available options. I don't really know what you're sticking your nose up about... perhaps because it's recycled food which would otherwise be going into the bin? I'd suggest visiting your local RJF Cafe, see the produce they work with and meet the people before jumping to any conclusions. Who knows, you might even end up eating a great meal too!


Sharpharp1 h, 33 m ago

Calm down.... seems like you are one of the volunteers...Get out of the …Calm down.... seems like you are one of the volunteers...Get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the heat



One of you is providing useful detail and suggesting open-mindedness prior to judgement. The other is making pretty worthless insinuations on no evidence.
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I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these meals to the homeless instead of people with a paying job?
corin.gillingham43 m ago

I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these …I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these meals to the homeless instead of people with a paying job?



1. Can you read?
2. Have you read the OP?
3. Have you followed the link to the website?

4. They are a food waste charity not a homeless charity (not to say they aren't helping the homeless - please see 1-3)
leypb6 h, 55 m ago

[Image] [Image] [Image] Examples of a few meals I have had. Note that I …[Image] [Image] [Image] Examples of a few meals I have had. Note that I took a bite out of the steak, not them


Heat added!
This sounds amazing, deffo wouldnt mind spending £5 on a lunch if its for a good cause too!

Shame there aren't any places like this near me in Oxford!
corin.gillingham3 h, 9 m ago

I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these …I'm from Manchester but this sounds so selfish! Why ant they giving these meals to the homeless instead of people with a paying job?


Anybody is welcome to come in and get a meal for free, and for a lot of homeless people in Manchester come in for that very reason.
The pay as you feel concept relies on goodwill from people who aren’t destitute to keep providing meals to those who are.
Damn it you beat me too it
I heard about this other day, was going to post but fell asleep and forgot On their website they recommend a donation of £15, you don't have to but I


I recommend only going if you need to or planning to give money
i'm sure some ass on a decent wage will go everyday for a free meal and not pay anything
Edited by: "Norseg" 12th Jul
In my tired state i thought it was the xbox logo.
Fantastic. Hot from me.
Norseg9 h, 2 m ago

Damn it you beat me too it I heard about this other day, was going to post …Damn it you beat me too it I heard about this other day, was going to post but fell asleep and forgot On their website they recommend a donation of £15, you don't have to but II recommend only going if you need to or planning to give moneyi'm sure some ass on a decent wage will go everyday for a free meal and not pay anything


Whereabouts is this? Are you sure it isn’t for the fine dining?

In store you won’t see a recommended donation of any amount as they don’t want to coerce anybody. Also they aren’t crazy - they wouldn’t recommend £15 for a lunch

I recommend going even if you don’t plan to give money - if this is the barrier you need to break down to get over the stigma, then go and eat a free meal, and bring your wallet back the time after.
leypb40 m ago

Whereabouts is this? Are you sure it isn’t for the fine dining? In store y …Whereabouts is this? Are you sure it isn’t for the fine dining? In store you won’t see a recommended donation of any amount as they don’t want to coerce anybody. Also they aren’t crazy - they wouldn’t recommend £15 for a lunch I recommend going even if you don’t plan to give money - if this is the barrier you need to break down to get over the stigma, then go and eat a free meal, and bring your wallet back the time after.


On their website it says donate £15 to help keep the place running

Im just saying if someone comes in everyday and they're wealthy it won't be fair on the homeless and poor people, I don't think they have enough to serve hundreds
Edited by: "Norseg" 13th Jul
Norseg45 m ago

On their website it says donate £15 to help keep the place running


Can you provide a link? The only place on the website that I can see a reference to £15 is under the Corporate Sponsorship "Friends-of-RJFM" scheme.
Edited by: "BGF" 13th Jul
Have to try here, the food looks delicious!
Work round the corner from here, don't like that's it's tagged as free though. You should at least give something.
united4eva38 m ago

Work round the corner from here, don't like that's it's tagged as free …Work round the corner from here, don't like that's it's tagged as free though. You should at least give something.


It’s tagged as free because it’s free if you want it to be.

I’ve made it extremely clear in the whole post about the pay as you feel concept and what this entails
Norseg3 h, 5 m ago

On their website it says donate £15 to help keep the place runningIm just …On their website it says donate £15 to help keep the place runningIm just saying if someone comes in everyday and they're wealthy it won't be fair on the homeless and poor people, I don't think they have enough to serve hundreds


The idea is that the ‘wealthy’ people pay which allows them to keep feeding the vulnerable. Pay as you feel is a concept with both advantages and disadvantages. It is business meets charity.
This is not to be abused. It's not 'free' food, it's food for people that otherwise can't afford it. Get a grip some of ya
leypb17 m ago

It’s tagged as free because it’s free if you want it to be.I’ve made it ext …It’s tagged as free because it’s free if you want it to be.I’ve made it extremely clear in the whole post about the pay as you feel concept and what this entails


Personally I wouldn't ever have to gall to not pay any thing for something I've just received, unless it really was truly terrible. I just hope people support it in the right way and it's a successful venture. It's been around nearly a year now so that's a good sign.
djdelmar38 m ago

This is not to be abused. It's not 'free' food, it's food for people that …This is not to be abused. It's not 'free' food, it's food for people that otherwise can't afford it. Get a grip some of ya


Nobody has said they are planning to go in and freeload.

It is clear why I posted it in freebies, as it is a freebie (vulnerable people use HUKD too - you can have an internet connection and still not have food to last you the week). I have clearly explained the concept and the expectation.
Marotta11816 h, 42 m ago

This sounds amazing, deffo wouldnt mind spending £5 on a lunch if its for …This sounds amazing, deffo wouldnt mind spending £5 on a lunch if its for a good cause too!Shame there aren't any places like this near me in Oxford!


You just missed one @Marotta118 on Wed

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oxsurpluscafe.org + oxford.gov.uk/eocc = summer BBQ pay as you feel

They are actively looking for a new, semi-permanent location in Oxford, which like a lot of the Cities in the south east, really needs something like this running regularly to help the many homeless and less fortunate who are simply starving for a decent meal once a week.

Volunteers are the key, to pay as you feel projects, part funded or supplied by donations and supermarkets, for the cycle that needs to be broken, in this awful state the UK finds itself in for some, just trying to survive the next day, let alone when they can next afford a meal.

Be great if you (( and others )) supported local Oxford ideas, just by popping in and buying a lunch, when they find somewhere.

After all, a £5 meal deal, full of rubbish with crisps & fizzy pop VS some of the delights, that these professional chefs can chuck together, with the waste and left overs, is a no contest and win win for all involved!
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