Our Garden Café Recovery Group has now opened fully and is operating a full service of eat in or take out food  to customers as required. Our sessions  are operating  with reduced capacity  and have Covid protocols  in place to conform with government guidelines

In the meantime, they are operating some Remote Support services.

Our Garden Café is operating with Covid rules in place in accordance with government guidelines

All recovery sites following Covid do now have an enhanced capability to offer this in special circumstances with a time limit  to members  where attendance is  not possible on their day of attendance

This might include:

  • Signposting to online support groups
  • Signposting to benefit support, food banks, volunteering opportunities, and any social networks
  • Discussing relevant recovery goals, e.g. maintaining wellbeing, creativity, exercise, good eating, maintaining contact with friends/family
  • Sharing news and tips from staff, and the other Recovery Groups
  • Sharing information to help you prepare for the resumption of regular life, i.e. maximising job readiness if you are working with an Employment Coach

The Garden Café supports adults with severe and enduring mental ill-health, to take control of their recovery, develop skills, and lead meaningful lives. 

With support from staff and volunteers, members consider positive changes they want to make, then set goals in order to attain these changes. We acknowledge that this can be hard work, so regular time is set aside to reflect on how things are going, both as a team and individuals.

The role in the café is for members to be part of a friendly team, and help run our ethical café, serving our community. You don’t need to have experience in kitchens or in retail. We are here to teach you. All you need is to be able to attend regularly and work with us.

Our members, staff, and volunteers are responsible for the beautiful planting and maintenance of the Manzil Way Gardens.  Throughout the year, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the gardens.

The Garden is accessible to wheelchair users and/or people with limited mobility. It is also a safe garden for children to play as we very much welcome them to have a first-hand experience of nature.

Read more about the Garden, planting, and maintenance in this brilliant document prepared by our Beehive Staff. 

Healthy lunch and breakfast provided. 

Access to our in house training and learning new skills.

Developing confidence and abilities. Working in a supportive environment. 

We can provide a reference for work or volunteering.
Links to other opportunities and progression coaching.

Members arrive between 9:00am and 9:15am. Our Breakfast Club is a time to socialise with each other.

At 9:30am we have our morning team meeting to plan the day and decide who is doing what. There are usually two people at the till, serving customers tea, coffee and cakes. The rest of the team is in the kitchen.

At 10:00am the café opens to the public. The kitchen team will begin prep work for lunches. 

At 12 noon the kitchen is open for hot meals. We serve a variety of ethical and organic dishes and snacks. 

At 2:00pm the kitchen closes and we start clearing everything away. 


At 3:30pm the café closes and we have our end of day team meeting to discuss what happened during the day and how everyone found it. 


All members leave around 3:45pm.

The day for café members runs from 9.15am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Lunch is provided. Members usually attend one or two days a week.

Fill out a Referral Form and someone from Restore will contact you.

The Garden Cafe Recovery Group can be found at Garden Café, Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1YH. All buildings have disabled access.

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