Social Dining

Sycamore Dining and City of Nottingham Scouts bring people together to eat and socialise over an affordable meal.  The cafe lounge at Foxton Gardens is open Monday to Friday lunchtime serving between 12 and 1pm with the Scouts providing transport and front of house services and Sycamore Dining providing the catering from the Foxton Gardens kitchen. Both the Scouts and Sycamore Dining also supply luncheon clubs held in community rooms of independent living schemes around Nottingham. Attendance may be restricted by local Covid-19 guidance.

Our joint challenge is to get  lonely and socially isolated people out of there homes and eating together, while complying with Covid-19 secure guidance, at a price they can afford.

Luncheon Clubs

To enable more people to experience social dining, Sycamore Dining prepare and cook meals in their Foxton Gardens kitchen, and serve them at luncheon clubs in community rooms within independent living communities for the elderly or disadvantaged. We work with Nottingham City Homes, Broxtowe Council, Anchor; and Places for People. 

Luncheon club attendance may be restricted by local Covid-19 guidance and must be booked locally, in advance. We serve a fixed menu at each event, offering dietary needs when required.

Our social dining activities are advertised on our Luncheon Clubs page, and on Ask Lion.

Serving good quality meals at affordable prices

Sycamore Dining  kitchen is run by volunteers, who are proud of the high standards they maintain. This is demonstrated by our top food hygiene rating of 5 stars.

The food is prepared at our kitchen at Nottingham City Homes Foxton Gardens Independent Living Community, and either served in the cafe lounge, or transported in bulk containers designed for the purpose, and served in Covid-19 Secure environments of other independent living communities around Nottingham.

Sycamore Dining also deliver cooked meals to peoples homes and are available for other catering events.


The Scouts charge just £3.50 per meal, which comprises a cooked main course followed by a dessert. Sycamore Dining also charge £3.50 for similar meals delivered to peoples homes.

Supporting Scouting

Luncheon clubs held at independent living schemes for the elderly are organised by the Scouts as fund raising activities and contracted out to Sycamore Dining for catering.

Meals at home and other catering events are organised directly by Sycamore Dining.

As Sycamore Dining staff and volunteers are preparing meals using surplus food, they are able to make a small surplus which is also donated to the City of Nottingham Scouts.

Our Supporters
Fareshare Logo

Provide most of our food, we get a delivery every week. They also provide support with communication and information.

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Providing our kitchen, support with communication, organising eating events in independent living communities and in social housing communities; and providing our volunteer training.