Imagine a restaurant where the food is past its sell-by date, supermarket leftovers and even stuff you find in skips. Sounds disgusting, right? So how come Skipchen is Bristol’s coolest new find?

In the heart of indie Bristol, Skipchen has put  Stokes Croft on the map, with articles in the Guardian and the Telegraph last week and Facebook and Twitter going mad for this new concept in eating out.

A team of volunteers go out by night to bring food dumped in restaurant bins and supermarkets back to the chefs at Skipchen who spin it into the most delicious snacks, smoothies and three course meals. I had a berry and banana smoothie which was as good as any I’ve had at Café Nero and cost me as much as I wanted to pay. I paid £2.

Even though they were rushed off their feet, the atmosphere was warm and buzzy and the staff  were welcoming and on the ball. The urban décor with wooden tables, flowers and bunting gives it a festival vibe.

Skipchen was founded in Leeds, and it’s already been a hit with the university crowd there . Now support from local farms, businesses and families, all donating their leftovers, this not-for-profit restaurant looks like it’ll be attracting Bristol’s massive student community too.

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By Ellie Novick