‘Recovery cafes’ has been making the UK headlines in recent months, most prominently with the opening of Russell Brand’s ‘Trew Era’ café in Hackney. The idea behind recovery cafes originated in America during the nineties and hit our shores during the noughties. The idea is to provide those living in recovery with a social environment akin to licenced premises, but obviously minus the alcohol. Such cafes are ideally suited to those leaving an alcohol rehab centre for the first time when the temptation to relapse is at its highest.
Recovery cafes provided those living in recovery with a place to socialise. This environment sits away from the otherwise ubiquitous drink culture existing throughout the United Kingdom. These venues are therefore designed to provide those living in recovery with a place to socialise without risking their hard-earned sobriety. Such centres are a viable alternative to the UK’s binge drinking scene.
Recovery cafes tend to make subtle references to the fact they’re aimed at those in recovery. If you accidentally happened upon such a venue you may not even realise the fact you’re in a ‘recovery café’. You may just conclude ‘this place doesn’t serve alcohol’. These cafes often resemble licenced venues. For instance, food is served and live music is played. Many of these cafes offer counselling sessions both to those in recovery and those about to embark on recovery.
Below we list some of the UK’s most well-known recovery cafes:
Location: 21 Parr St, Liverpool, UK L1 4JN
Location: 18, Calvert Ave, London E2 7JP
Location: 55-57 Market Place, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AA
Website: www. towardsrecovery.co.uk
Location: Cafe Hub, Foundry Street Darwen Lancashire BB3 1DJ
Location: The Tun, 8 Jacksons Entry,, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ
Website: www. serenitycafe.co.uk