Social Dining

Sycamore Dining brings people together to eat and socialise over an affordable meal.  Our restaurant at Foxton Gardens is open Monday to Friday lunchtime and we take our pop-up restaurant to community rooms in independent living schemes around Nottingham. Attendance may be restricted by local Covid-19 guidance.

Our 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.

Pop-up restaurant

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

Pop-up restaurant event 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 Events page, and on Ask Lion.

Serving good quality meals at affordable prices

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

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

We also deliver cooked meals to peoples homes.


Our prices are very affordable, at just £3.50 per meal, which comprises a cooked main course followed by a dessert, and when available some extra goodies.

Supporting Scouting

As our volunteers are preparing meals using surplus food, we are able to make some money from our social dining events. Any surplus we make from social dining is donated to the City of Nottingham Scout District, and helps fund Scouting activities for those young people who might otherwise not be able to afford Scouting.

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


We collect surplus food from the Middleton Boulevard CoOp and our weekly delivery of vegetables are provided by the co-op via Fareshare. We are also being funded as a local cause in NG8 until October 2020.

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Nottingham City Homes

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