Welcome to 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.  It provides volunteers in recovery from addictions a wide range of education, training and employment opportunities.

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 are located in the undercroft of Bristol’s beautiful St Mary Redcliffe Church’ with a very calm and relaxing atmosphere’ skirting around our bustling city,you can enjoy our locally source produce and homemade cakes in great company.

Please come down to visit us, We look forward to seeing you soon... 

The banter at the cafe is great, there is a real team feeling which has helped my confidence grow. I have developed good customer service skills and enjoy dealing with the public. I receive quality training from ARA and City of Bristol College - including a BTEC in Customer Service and Food Safety, which has helped me grow in my role. I enjoy the variety of different roles I've had the opportunity to try in a safe environment at the cafe. I am now passing on my skills to others, showing them how to cook or training them in barista skills. Johnny