The first Community Canteen was opened in Govanhill, Glasgow in April 2014.

A restaurant where people can access high quality ethnic food, everyone pays £2 or what they can afford and all are welcome.

Community Canteen is based on the following principles:

  • An important and age old way of people coming together is by eating together- not at separate tables but communally
  • There are people who need good cheap food and also those who need social company
  • Eating together is a way of breaking down barriers, building bridges and celebrating a community

There are extra health and community benefits:

  • A place where people can get something out of giving – either preparing food or serving
  • A place where food can be a way of expressing culture and crossing cultural, class and age divides
  • A place where there can be learning about food and cooking
  • A place where ideas will be generated

The latest development of the Community Canteen is that it is hosting English language classes for beginners and intermediate students age 16+ in Trinity Church, Daisy St. Govanhill every Thursday from 10.30a.m. – 2.30p.m.  This venture is being delivered in partnership with Govanhill Community Development Trust.