“Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us...”

By Hannah Saverymuttu

Ok, so it might not be our actual Birthday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fact it’s been a whole month since Rise's official launch! Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to…

Our roof garden is coming along nicely, and we’re proud to have already used our home grown fruit and veg in our baking. You can’t beat local ingredients, especially when our trainees can pop upstairs to harvest them themselves.

Our roof garden, open for  tours  on Saturday June 18th

Our roof garden, open for tours on Saturday June 18th

In other news, we’ve picked up a few fans, with this rather flattering blog post, a review in the Guardianoh, and did we mention Nigella is a fan...?

The lovely Mary, Ant, and the rest of the team have been selling cakes (and giving out tasters to a lucky few) at Spitalfields & Brick Lane markets, just down the road from our kitchen in E1.

Here we are donning Rise Aprons and wo-manning the stall last week.

Aprons on, ready to hit the market

Aprons on, ready to hit the market


  • 6 incredibly talented ex-homeless trainees learnt to bake

  • Over 700 people liked our Facebook page or followed us on Twitter (thanks, we appreciate your support!)

  • And Marco and the team have lost count of how many brownies they've made...

Thanks for all your support so far - here's to the next amazing month.