Recovery from Addiction

Independence & Wellbeing

Category: Cafe Sobar

Cafe Sobar COVID-19 Statement

To all our customers

Café Sobar is a local community enterprise and we’re all hugely grateful for your continued support. We are all unsure what is going to happen over the coming period but we would like to encourage you all to be as community spirited as is possible.  With this in mind we would like to keep you, our valued customers and supporters, informed in light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have briefed our teams across the business to ensure that we are prepared for emerging scenarios.

The safety and wellbeing of both our customers and our teams is our number one priority, and based on the latest Public Health England guidelines we’ve put enhanced health and hygiene measures in place across our Cafe to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit, including:

  • Frequent sanitising of all items you might have contact with in our premises including tables, chairs, door handles, taps, bathroom surfaces, menus, car payment machines, cutlery, crockery and glasses. We also continually follow deep cleaning procedures.
  • To ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, tables will only be set after you are seated, and we’re no longer providing cutlery or condiments on the tables, these will be brought to you so please just ask one of our team.
  • All team members will wash their hands at least every 20 minutes
  • All our teams are following our usual strict health & hygiene procedures.


If you as a customer do feel unwell, we ask that you stay at home to recuperate.

We remain in close contact with our teams and Public Health England so we can prepare for all eventualities as the situation continues to evolve. At this stage it is our intention to remain open for as long as we can.

As always, we look forward to welcoming you soon and should the service feel a little different from usual or the team take a moment or two longer to bring you an individual serve, it is with your safety and well-being in mind.

If there’s anything else we can do to make your next visit more comfortable, please just one of our team who will be delighted to help.

Café Sobar Team

Cafe Sobar is awarded grant from the National Lottery Community Fund

Double Impact and Cafe Sobar are delighted to announce that the National Lottery Community Fund have awarded us a grant for three years to further develop Cafe Sobar into a community asset and improve social inclusion for people recovering from drug and alcohol problems.  The funding will pay for a full-time staff post who will develop community engagement and partnerships,  coordinate the cafe’s volunteering scheme for people with barriers to employment and develop its range of social opportunities for the local recovery community.

Cafe Sobar, an alcohol-free cafe and entertainment venue, celebrated its 6th birthday at the end of January and aims to provide a safe

space for people to socialise without the pressures of alcohol, whilst reducing social isolation. and building a range of skills for people in recovery to improve their future prospects.

MP for Nottingham South, Lilian Greenwood, who recently spoke at the charity’s annual Spirit of Recovery Awards hosted by the cafe, said –

I’m so pleased that Café Sobar has been awarded funds raised through National Lottery players – it offers choice for many sections of the community who appreciate the alcohol-free environment, as well as providing work experience for people with significant barriers to employment.  It’s a great asset for Nottingham.

Graham Miller, CEO of the charity, said

We are really pleased that the National Lottery Community Fund have decided to continue to support Cafe Sobar.  They have been involved with the enterprise from the start, and it’s fantastic that they recognise the value which it brings, not just to local people in recovery, but to the wider community.  We really welcome this opportunity to develop the social impact of the project and secure the future of the cafe so that it can be enjoyed by all in the years to come.

Cafe Sobar runs regular events aimed at people in recovery and their friends and families, as well as hosting self-help groups and a range of community events in the building.