A Lincoln café run by formerly substance-addicted women has made it to the top of the list on Trip Advisor for ‘cheap eats’ in the city.
Located in the Alive Church on Newland, The Rising Café provides a range of homemade food from just £2 and is staffed by women who are on the road to recovery from either addition, homelessness or prostitution.
The Rising Cafe has been rated nearly 200 times, 178 of which provided an ‘Excellent’ result.
One person wrote: “Slightly hidden away but well, well, well worth seeking out.
“All the food I’ve had so far has been amazing. I’ve been many times now and I have always left super impressed with the food, service and the overall easy going atmosphere of the place.”
Another reviewer said: “There’s a sign behind the till that says #justservingawesome and it’s not there for no reason.
“Relaxed atmosphere, comfy chairs, really, really, really lovely food and a total bargain!
“Added to that the fact that the staff are absolutely delightful, and it’s a charity, it’s hands down my new favourite place to eat in Lincoln. I just wish it was open longer. Can’t wait to visit again. Probably tomorrow!”
Allison Mulimba, Manager at The Rising Cafe said: “To be at the top of Trip Advisor is such a humbling achievement and we don’t take it for granted. We are honoured that people love our food and our café.
“The café is solely run by women who are a part of Betel UK, which is a rehab and recovery programme.
“All of us have come from backgrounds of addictions, homelessness and prostitution, which is why we cannot believe how much people love our place.
“Some of the girls were deemed unfit to work ever again because of their mental state. For us girls, from the lives we have lead often all we’ve been told is how worthless we are by ex-partners or how hopeless we are by doctors or how we will never amount to anything.
“Therefore to be a part of this is amazing, we have self-worth, we are achieving something that we are incredibly proud of.”