Social Dining

Social Dining in Nottingham

Eat to Socialise

Sycamore Dining brings people together to eat and socialise over an affordable meal.  Our Nottingham based social dining customers are predominantly from independent living communities  for the elderly (sheltered housing).

Our challenge is to get  lonely and socially isolated people out of there homes and mixing with others over a quality meal in community rooms close to where they live, at a price they can afford.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to visit us.

Bringing people together through food

To enable more people to experience social dining, Sycamore Dining prepare and cook meals in their Foxton Gardens kitchen, and serve them in community rooms within independent living communities for the elderly or disadvantaged. We work with Nottingham City Homes,  Anchor Hanover; and Places for People. The residents of Independ Living Communities for the elderly are all aged over 55.

Sycamore Dining Social Dining events must be booked in advance. This can be done locally at the facility hosting the event, by neighbouring schemes with a Sycamore Dining co-ordinator, or booked here. We need bookings 48 hours in advance to ensure we provide sufficient meals, and we cater for dietary needs providing we are informed at the time of booking. People can also be signposted to our events by carers, or by other people with access to computer facilities.

Our current events are advertised on our Bookings page, as events on our Facebook page @SycamoreDining and on Ask Lion.

Leaflets are available to download for all our regular social dining events

Social Dining is provided on a monthly basis at all the locations on the Sycamore Dining map, and every Wednesday and Friday at Foxton Gardens in Beechdale.

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 the community rooms of other independent living communities across the City of Nottingham.


Our prices are very affordable, at just £3 per meal, which comprises a cooked two-course meal and a drink, often with free goodies handed out to customers.

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 other week. They also provide support with communication and information.

We collect surplus food from the Co-Op in Southwell, 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.

Other Community Eating Events

In addition to the social meals we provide for the elderly, we also get involved with providing social eating to other Groups and Societies:;-

Providing food hygiene training and cooking experience for local Scout Groups, at the same time as getting supporters and parents together for a meal. We also encourage and support Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to get their World Challenge Award by finding out about the benefits we deliver to our local communities and spending some time volunteering with us, and eating with our customers.

Community Rangers from Blue Bell Hill primary school and staff from Nottingham City Homes eating together prior to planning a local Clean Up event in St Ann's.

Tennant and Community Events

We provide barbeques at community events to help us raise funds. The events vary in size from 50 people to our largest of 300 vegetarian meals. People of all ages attend these events, and food is a great way of getting people to visit these events. We are happy to provide quotes for community events.

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Sycamore Dining CIC, registered in England, company number 11598954

Our registered address is Wood Rising, Hockerton Road, Kirklington, Newark NG22 8PB

Our operating address

Foxton Gardens, Frampton Road, Beechdale, Nottingham, NG6 3FR

Phone +44 7967 034276