Waterhouse Restaurant

A hidden canalside gem of a restaurant in Hackney. A part of the local Shoreditch Trust charity, it also hosts a training and employability programme helping turn troubled young people their lives around

Waterhouse Restaurant is one of Hackney’s hidden canalside gems: a great little restaurant serving high-quality, seasonal British food at very affordable prices. Its location on the non-towpath side of the Regent’s Canal makes it difficult to spot for the passing punter, but the slight detour down an unassuming industrial-looking street is worth the effort. The space is bright and airy – its star attraction being the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking a prime stretch of the canal… great for people (and hipster) watching. The menu isn’t large but contains something for everyone, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options – and with every dish around £6 to 8, it’s a bargain. The only downside is that Waterhouse isn’t open on weekends or evenings, except for private bookings.

The Impact

The restaurant is part of the Shoreditch Trust – a local charity helping residents improve their health, wellbeing, social networks and opportunities. The star attraction of the space

Waterhouse is home to the Blue Marble Training Programme dedicated to helping young people who are experiencing challenging circumstances turn their lives around. The programme provides hands-on chef skills training, fully supported by a specialist team of facilitators and mentors. Outside of the restaurant, trainees also get one to one leadership coaching, counselling, group physical fitness sessions and support around diet and nutrition. All profits from the restaurant go towards supporting the cause.

Here’s what they said

Waterhouse offers visitors a unique dining experience with a deliciously tempting menu featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, complemented by an excellent wine list.

Shoreditch Trust delivers a range of projects throughout Hackney, working to reduce social and economic disadvantage by supporting people to gain knowledge, skills and opportunities so that they can:

  • access the services and support they need
  • participate fully in the workplace and in civil society
  • gain confidence
  • achieve greater independence and resilience
  • lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in their communities

We work with people who are:

  • experiencing difficult transitions (from care or custody)
  • struggling with community, cultural or peer pressure or difficult family and personal circumstances (drug use, crime, violence, FGM, teen pregnancy)
  • lacking skills or knowledge (access routes, language, literacy, business skills)
  • living in poverty (social and economic isolation, exclusion, deprivation)

Read more at GOtilo.org

The Canalside Eatery On A Mission To Turn Young Lives Around