Our Cafe

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Opening Times:

Tuesdays: 11am – 1pm (drinks only)

Thursdays: 7 – 8:30pm

Fridays: 11am – 2pm

Image courtesy of Ash Brown Photography: https://www.facebook.com/ashbrownphoto/?fref=ts


We operate an Open Arms policy – everybody and anybody is welcome – if you eat you’re in!

There is a great sense of Community Spirit in the café bringing everyone together one bite at a time. Everybody sits together on large tables which adds magic to the atmosphere, a place for new and old friends to meet. Have a look at what our customers say.

Tuesdays we serve hot and cold drinks only, along with our food boutique – a selection of food we’ve intercepted that you can take away, for a donation.

Thursdays the café comes alive! We offer the true restaurant experience with table service, so sit back, relax and enjoy. There are small tables for children to sit and colour and play games, a book swap, and bring a bag to for the take away food boutique.

Friday is LCIL’s Social Media Café so you can enjoy some tasty food cooked with love by us whilst you access community orientated services and information. Sometimes our resident artist Alan is there, who paints as you eat.

The menu is created on the day with whatever goodies come into the café.  We aim to cater for everybody so along with meat dishes we offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. If you have an allergy concern speak with one of the volunteers. We also serve teas and coffees which are 50p for a refillable mug.

The café is run by a wonderful team of volunteers. We depend on them through the whole process from collecting to preparing, cooking and serving the food and cleaning up too! If you would like to join our friendly team and help save the environment whilst being part of the community we’d love to hear from you!

Our home at LCIL West End Neighbourhood Centre is fully accessible for everyone. It is a short walk from the Leicester city centre, has a small car park and free on street parking.

Any surplus food that we have we donate to The YMCA, The Dawn Centre, Park Lodge and many more projects across Leicester. We also serve surplus fruit, vegetables and bread to families of King Richard III Primary school, pay as you feel #Fuelforschool

First visit to the junk food café?

You can find us at the West End Neighbourhood Centre – ask at reception if you’re not sure where we are in the building, or follow the smell of delicious food and the sound of lively conversation!

Image courtesy of Nick Rawle Photography: http://nickrphotography.com
Image courtesy of Nick Rawle Photography: http://nickrphotography.com


We operate on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis and cash donations are greatly received, we have a donations box on the drinks counter and by the exit. Otherwise, chat to our volunteers about how else you might be able to help out – volunteering to do some cleaning up at the end of the session is always welcome, and a great way to get to know people!

We’ve always got food you can take away with you afterwards from the food boutique – so you can make your own Junk Food at home! We have also been donated a piano so now you can Play-As-You-Feel too. We’re a friendly bunch, so come along on your own or with friends and family!