Searcys acquires social enterprise restaurant Brigade Bar + Kitchen

The move – which will see Searcys take over day-to-day running of the Tooley Street site – also incorporates an ongoing commitment to founder Simon Boyle’s Beyond Food Foundation, Searcys’ charity partner since 2018.

Housed in the capital’s oldest fire station, Brigade is known for its wood-fired cuisine and now offers an all-day menu of British classics alongside a creative new cocktail menu.

Founded in 2004, Beyond Food today embodies an inclusive approach to engage all young people in need. The charity supports individuals towards positive change by offering life-changing internships, practical training and development courses – primarily in the hospitality sector – with the aim of helping individuals find a full time job.

A series of supper clubs, parties, masterclasses and tastings are currently planned to ensure continued and regular fundraising for the Beyond Food Foundation.

“As a company, we are committed to acting with a social purpose and we understand the important role food can play as a catalyst for change in the community,” said Paul Jackson, CEO of Searcys.

“As we celebrate our 175th anniversary, we have pledged to raise £175,000 for charity and social causes and as such our partnership with Beyond Food and The Brigade could not have come at a better time. .”

Boyle added, “Having worked closely with Searcys for over four years, I can say with confidence that our vision of using food as a catalyst for social change is totally aligned. It will be amazing to be able to provide recipients of our program with the opportunity to learn new skills and reshape their lives through hands-on experience and work opportunities with Searcys. »

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