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‘HOME’ Pop Up Restaurant, Rossendale

‘HOME’ Pop Up Restaurant, Rossendale


This project is now complete – thank you to everyone for the support!


We’ve received some really lovely feedback from our diners last weekend. We thought we’d share just a few of the comments 🙂

“I think it’s been an amazing opportunity for these young girls. Big thumbs up for the people who care.”

“I thought it was fab! The service was great and the food was yummy. I thought it was a very pleasant evening”.

“Please congratulate all involved. They have obviously worked very hard and should be very proud of themselves. Well done team.”

“A great idea that benefits the students and gives them professional advice.”

“Fantastic – attended last year as well, creating a real learning environment.”

“Love the idea and concept great opportunity for everyone to learn and build confidence in their own abilities. Well done to everyone.”

“Most enjoyable food was excellent, well presented and the staff were very professional in their service, very knowledgeable, polite and very pleasant to deal with.”


Some more photos from the weekend – still catching up with ourselves but will be posting more feedback later today 🙂


Just received some lovely words from Ste Piling, co – owner of family run, Bally’s Bites cafe in Stacksteads, Rossendale:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with a great group of young people who worked hard to make the project successful. I would like to say thank you to Glen and John from the Eagle and Child and John Greenwood from Proffitts CIC.”



It’s been a very busy, but an absolutely fantastic weekend!

The feedback from the diners has been amazing – we’re still putting all the comments together but here’s one that pretty much sums it up!

“An excellent concept. The young people were delightful, confident and well informed – well done! It was a lovely setting, fab food and the staff were so friendly – can we have one of these pop up restaurants every month please?!”

We are so proud of the young people who were a part of this pop up restaurant team. They worked so hard throughout all the training sessions and their hard work paid off this weekend. They have really enjoyed the whole experience and are overwhelmed by all the positive feedback. We would like to thank our partners, East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, BPRCVS (Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service, Ste Piling from Bally’s Bites cafe, Glen and his team from the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom and Porcus. Without the group effort, we wouldn’t have had such a successful pop up restaurant!”

Here’s a photo of the ‘Home’ team of 2016 – looking forward to the next one!! 🙂




A great first night with family and friends. We are really proud of the group – they worked really well together as a team! Bring on the weekend – looking forward to seeing you there!


The young people are working really hard for this weekends pop up restaurant. Training is still underway and at their last cooking session, they learn how to make a prawn cocktail. Who doesn’t love a prawn cocktail?!! We still have a few tables available so if you haven’t booked already, contact [email protected]



Another brilliant cooking session last night. Risotto and fish pie – mmmmmmmm 🙂


Here are a few photos from last night’s cooking session – with the help of John, one of the chefs from the Eagle & Child, the young people learnt to cook two different soups – leek & potato and broccoli & blue cheese. Delicious!!! Thanks to Glen and Ste too!



A big thank you to SJ from Porcus who made the session so fabulous for the young people!


Last night, our guest suppliers were Porcus, who produce wonderful pork produce from their rare breed pigs. They held a really interesting and exciting ‘Cheese and rare breed meat’ tasting session for the young people, as a part of their ongoing training. The session was based around choosing the best wine which would complement the cheese and meat boards which we will be serving on the restaurant evenings.

The young people tasted a selection of wine and cheeses and it was explained to them how the pigs are reared and the different produce that Porcus supply. It really emphasised the difference between how a local, independent supplier produces their meat in comparison to the mass production you would buy in a supermarket.

Thanks also to our lovely hosts, Ballys Bites, with training delivered by Glen from the Eagle and Child pub in Ramsbottom. We love working on this project!

To book a place at the ‘Home’ pop up restaurant, email [email protected]. There are places still available, but be quick as they’re going fast! See you there 🙂

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As announced in November, due to the success of last year, we are now working towards our second ‘Home’ pop up restaurant to be held on 11, 12 and 13 March.

‘Home’ is an exciting community project focused around the concept that ‘cooking begins at home’. We will be working alongside a group of local, young people to show them how to cook simple meals in their own home, as well as giving them tips on healthy eating and advice on how best to spend their weekly budget.

Funded by the NHS (and supported by our partners, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service, and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group) the project will comprise of cooking sessions, food tastings and visits to ‘working restaurants’. The cooking sessions will be hosted by Glen Duckett from the award winning ‘Eagle and Child’ restaurant in Ramsbottom, and taking place at Bally’s Bites, a family run, local cafe in Stacksteads, co – owned by Steve Piling.

The grand finale will culminate in the young people transforming the café into a pop up restaurant which will open for three nights only on 11, 12 and 13th March.

On each of the evenings, all diners will be asked to make a small donation towards their meal. All monies raised will be used to fund ‘kitchen packs’ for those young people that have completed the project.

So, if you this is of interest to you (or you know someone who would be interested) then please contact us using the details below. We have provision for child care and travel expenses and will try our best to help you with any other issues that may affect your involvement.

 More information is available from John Greenwood on

(07947) 955 501 or [email protected] You can also click on the flyer below for more information

‘Home’ flyer



We are very excited to announce that Pop Up restaurant number 2 will be taking place in early March of next year! Once again, we will be working in partnership with Bally’s Bites cafe in Stacksteads  and we are proud to have the Eagle and Child pub (in Ramsbottom) join our team.  Watch this space for more information!



Food safety certificates have arrived – the good work continues! Thanks to Reach Training, BPRCVS, Laurence Tottington, Ste Pilling at Bally’s Bites, Rossendale Borough Council and East Lancs CCG 

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Thank you to the Rossendale Free Press for coverage of our ‘Home’ project 🙂



Sorry, not sorry – more photos from the weekend! Including Mayoress Mrs Valerie Sanderson and Mayor Councillor Thomas Aldred – great seeing everyone at the weekend and thanks again for your lovely feedback 🙂

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Well, we’re just catching up with ourselves after a hectic but totally rewarding weekend. We’re trying to collate all the feedback and photos but here are a few more – we’re delighted to say that everyone had a brilliant time and we received such positive comments. Thank you again to Laurence, Steve, John, BPRCVS and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

“A great concept – well delivered. Congratulations to all involved. We had an excellent meal, with such great menu choices, it was difficult to choose! Do it again please!”.

“An excellent idea, should be a regular event, perhaps on a quarterly basis. All participants gave 100% commitment. The food and staff were excellent – obviously they had been well trained”.

“An excellent idea and opportunity for young people and a refreshing change for Stacksteads. Enjoyed the food very much and the lovely atmosphere was much better than some established restaurants. Excellent front of house service and it would be good to see this repeated at some other time. Thank you for a good night”.

Read more of the feedback on the link below

‘Home’ – diners feedback



It wasn’t just us who thought it was a great night – here’s some feedback from our diners last night. Full bellies and happy faces all round!

“The pop up restaurant project was a very good idea – it was good fun. Please repeat!”

“A fantastic experience for the young people involved. Absolutely wonderful cuisine, beautifully presented and a lovely atmosphere. It should be a regular dining experience!”

“A very good idea to give young people experience of being a restauranteur in the local area. The dining experience was a good as anywhere – the food was excellent. I would like to see the concept spread further”.

“I think its a brilliant idea for young people to get involved and interested in cooking. Judging by the atmosphere and success, its an ace concept! The setting was lovely (especially our waitress), good level of interest and service towards customers, good choice and quality of food. I highly recommend this should be repeated and grown into a permanent idea”.

“I think the pop up restaurant project is an excellent idea as the skills learnt are good ones to have to enable independence. The dining experience was brilliant as the staff were really helpful and friendly and engaged with customers. Well done to all the young people for completing the project. Rachelle was lovely :)”.

“This project will be going places. It should be repeated weekly (can I book a regular table?). More of the same (please)”.

“This is a great idea that needs promoting. It was great to be able to eat really good food near to home – please do this again. You need to spread the good news – I am sure all your tables would have been full tonight”. (Proffitts – We had one table cancel very last minute!)

“What a superb idea for the young people involved. Learning life skills, confidence building, social skills building. I’m well impressed The food was amazing. The service excellent and the atmosphere electric. We’d definitely struggle to afford to eat this well. We’ve had an amazing evening and if you run any more events like this, we’d love to be involved. Keep up the good work!”.

“Excellent! Very good ‘hands on’ for young people to help gain confidence in a ‘real time’ situation. An absolutely wonderful dining experience. I have been fortunate to eat in some well known restaurants and this could run with these. Very professionally run. I hope it runs again and again. It’s a wonderful project, not easy work but run with the ease of a professional establishment. Thank you so much”.

“A brilliant concept, I hope you have more evenings. Excellent food, friendly atmosphere, lovely to find something local. I suggest you repeat events throughout the year”.

“Absolutely amazing idea. All young people worked great together and its clearly worked really well on the night. Food was on point!! Excellent, well prepared, well served and presented. Really impressed. Really proud of all young people who have gelled as a team and created something GREAT!”.

“An amazing concept, very lovely experience with young people who have worked well together. Brilliant food and top notch service. Done really well. FANTASTIC!”.

“Really good concept and executed to a very high standard. All aspects of the evening felt as though I was eating in a fully fledged restaurant. I feel no suggestions are needed as everything worked extremely well”.

“A great idea and concept. I think the cooking experience was lovely and hospitable. Rachel was very lovely and kind as were the rest of the staff”.

“A really good idea – I liked the fact that the young people benefitted so much. The food was really nice and it was lovely watching Laurence work with the young people”.



Just returned home after a very special evening. After a successful test run with friends and family last night, tonight was the first official night of the pop up restaurant and well, it was just brilliant! The group of young people worked brilliantly together – it was a real team effort all round. From the warm greeting when we arrived, to taking our orders, the delicious food, the atmosphere and banter and most importantly, seeing the young people enjoying themselves and taking a real pride in what they were doing. It was a pleasure to see them do everything they had planned out to do. There were no nerves and because of the great communication between them, Laurence, Steve and John, there was a genuine buzz throughout the night. Good luck for the rest of the weekend but if tonight is anything to go by, you won’t need it. Enjoy every minute!

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Ham egg chips  Team with Ste and Loz



Today’s the day!!! It’s the first night of our very special pop up restaurant. The young people have been working really hard to make sure everything is perfect! Big thanks to Laurence and Steve – it’s going to be a great weekend. Have a good day and see you tonight!!



Met the group of young people today who were taking part in this fantastic project – and what a lovely bunch they are!! I met them at the Eagle & Child pub in Ramsbottom – a fantastic place that helps tackle local youth unemployment through their training and employment programmes. They serve fantastic food too! The ever helpful, Glen, gave them a tour of the main restaurant, the kitchen, cellars and garden. It was a real eye opener for the group and they took all the information on board with real enthusiasm! Watching the chef and his team in particular, gave a real insight into the workings of a real kitchen. They also found some handy tips for customer service which they will be using next week at their pop up restaurant. One of the young people summed up the project so far, perfectly “We came together as a group of young people but now we are a team”. Not that’s what we’re talking about! We are all so excited for next week! If you haven’t already, contact [email protected] for a table. Whilst Saturday is fully booked, there is still some availability for Friday and Sunday. Hope to see you there.

The 'Home' team  Ravioli Terrine

Soup  Eagle Child 1  Eagle Child 2  Chickens



The cooking sessions are well under way and are going really well. So, we thought we’d give you a bit more detail! We have seven, local, young people taking part in this project. This week, they have been learning to cook a couple of the dishes that will feature on the menu at the pop up restaurant. Laurence has been using these as a guide to explore different styles of cooking. For example, he has been teaching them how to roast a gammon joint for the ‘mini gammon and egg’ starter. Afterwards, he has then been showing the young people how to best use the rest of the meat by cooking a carbonara. The aim is to do this with all (or most of the dishes) to show how different food can be used and adapted, using as many different cooking techniques as possible so that the young people can gain new skills and experience.

We are very excited to be visiting the Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom tomorrow to have a look round (they have a great outdoor space where they have chickens and grown their own veg and herbs!) meet some of the team and sample some of their food. As some of you many know, as they are a community based organisation, this was a perfect collaboration for our project. We shall keep you posted with news and updates!



More action shots of the young people and Laurence in action!!!

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The cooking sessions are well under way – the young people are getting really involved and its great to see them embracing the project whole heartedly! More pics and updates to follow – a few tables still available for the Friday and Sunday. Contact [email protected] for booking details

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Award winning chef teams up with young people to launch pop-up restaurant in Rossendale

‘Home’ is an exciting new community project focused around the concept that ‘cooking begins at home’. In March, Proffitts will be working alongside a group of local, young people to show them how to cook simple meals in their own home, as well as giving them tips on healthy eating and advice on how best to spend their weekly shopping budget.

Funded by the NHS, the project will comprise of cooking sessions, food tastings and visits to ‘working’ restaurants. There will also be the opportunity for the young people to complete a food hygiene course. The cooking sessions will take place over a two week period, and will be hosted by the award winning chef, Laurence Tottingham. The team will be based at a family run café in Stacksteads called ‘Bally’s Bites’, co – owned by Steve Piling.

The grand finale will culminate in a real, live, pop-up restaurant – open in March for a series of three nights only. Personal invites will be sent to friends, family and VIP’s to sample the delights and hard work of all the team involved. The menu has been created to reflect all the different cooking techniques that the group will have been taught. On each of the evenings, all diners will be asked to make a donation towards the 3 course meal. All monies raised will be used to fund ‘kitchen packs’ for those young people that have completed the project.

Director of Proffitts, Martin Proffit, says “This is a very exciting project for all involved, including our partners Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services, and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group. We are hoping that the young people will be really enthusiastic about cooking at home for their families’.

For more information, contact John Greenwood on 07947 955 501 or [email protected]

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