About the Arc Cafe

The Arc Cafe is a community project set up in July 2012 by the Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA) in partnership with St Mary Redcliffe Church.

We are passionate about providing our customers with delicious, freshly-made food and drink.

However, we are not just your everyday cafe.

We aim to provide people in recovery from addiction and mental health problems with a wide range of education, training and employment opportunities.

What the Arc Cafe provides

Providing Volunteers with

  • Structure, direction and purpose to their lives
  • Customer service skills, qualifications and the confidence to succeed within a working environment
  • Catering, hospitality and business administration skills & qualifications
  • Team work support
  • Links to a range of community networks
  • Further training and work opportunities

Providing Customers with

  • Delicious home-cooked food using many locally sourced products
  • Fabulous coffee
  • Friendly customer service
  • Free Wi-FI
  • A relaxed atmosphere in unique historic setting
  • A loyalty card scheme


Providing the Community with

  • A project which reduces the stigma around addiction
  • Positive ‘Recovery Role Models’
  • A great space for training & events
  • Outside catering options


We hope that we will see you very soon and welcome you to our unique cafe.