The Waiting Room Recipe Box, & Story Book Project

by Luke at The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe, England, United Kingdom

The Waiting Room Recipe Box, & Story Book Project

Total raised £6,320

raised so far



We will write and produce a Waiting Room Book, and set-up a recipe-box scheme along the way.

by Luke at The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th July 2020 we'd raised £6,160 with 202 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Phase 1: We'll use the money raised from customers who Pay Forward for a Waiting Room recipe box, to set up a studio; write recipes, take photographs and make graphics for our first recipes. We aim to get down 64 recipes by the end of July. 10 of these recipes will be available to choose from for our supporters - complete with ingredients to make your Waiting Room dinner for 2 at home. We aim to raise £5000 and deliver at least 200 recipe boxes at the beginning of August. 


Phase 2 of our project will be to create the content for our book. This process will include working with some hired help (we'll work with a great artist's book designer). We are writing the book over the next 3 months. We will give you more information about the book, our goals, and new rewards and stretch targets - by the end of July.


Phase 3 of our project will be all about producing and publishing our book. We aim to say exactly how we will do this by the end of September (whilst determining just how bumper and just how fancy it will be between now and then). We will provide updates about how you can get involved and support this project throughout the summer.

35 years after opening, The Waiting Room is having to remain closed for several months due to the world-wide lockdown. We miss our fully-booked restaurant and the time spent with our customers - but we have a plan! 

We are using this time to organise exciting new projects for when we reopen Please support us as we write up our recipes towards a 2-part project. 

The Waiting Room is an award winning vegetarian restaurant, which we established in 1985 (or 6). Our awards include Best Restaurant in The UK from the Vegetarian Society, and featuring in the Top 10 Best (all) UK Restaurants in the Observer Food Awards. We were listed 4th on The Times UK list of best places to eat vegetarian food this year. We have been involved in art and community projects and have put on hundreds of gigs and live shows. We are constantly asked when we will produce a book with our recipes - (ever since we said that we would 10 years ago) and now we have some time to do it.

We are going to make this project happen - in 2 parts:

PART 1. The Waiting Room Recipe Box

We will write down and photograph 64 recipes this June and July, while our restaurant is closed. We are asking you to support us by buying a recipe box now, which we will deliver to you in August. Our recipe boxes are £25 for a meal for two and will contain a beautiful recipe card, and all of the ingredients you need to make your meal. 

How it works: Crowdfunder are making their platform free to use to help businesses during the lockdown. We aim to sell at least 200 recipe boxes in June - to be delivered in August. We will use all of the money raised through this project towards the creative costs of producing our book (and recipe cards along the way).

Buy a meal-for-two recipe box for £25 now, and when we have designed our first 10 recipe cards we will contact you to give you a choice of recipe box meal, which we will deliver* in August. (Local delivery or collection only).

We will contact you before August to ask, which recipe and box of ingredients you want to receive. There will be 10 meals to choose from, some vegetarian and some vegan.

PART 2. Making our Book.

You will notice that the reward we deliver to you in August is worth the full £25 that you paid for it, however - we will use all of the money raised in the first part of our project to set up a studio - full of lights, cameras and action - to set us on our way as we turn our attention to producing a book.

With your encouragement, we will write, assemble, design and then produce a book all about The Waiting Room. It will be a kind of album and assemblage of recipes, photographs, stories, artworks, contributions and other creative stuff.

PART 2 Phase 1 is to write and design our book (by the end of September)

PART 2 Phase 2 will be to produce and publish our book (after the end of September)

We will tell you more about the book, our goals and fundraising targets in July, when we will add new rewards to our campaign.


This project offered rewards

£15 or more

Curated Waiting Room Playlist of Past Performers

Jeffrey Lewis, Peter Stampfel, Peggy Seeger, Thomas Truax, The Burning Hell, Stanley Brinks, Freschard, Misty's Big Adventure, Jane Bombane, Eliza Carthy, Nick Pynn, Dave Swarbrick, Say Sue Me, The Sweetback Sisters, Lovesick Cowboys, Benjamin Wetherill, David Thomas Broughton, Malcolm Middleton, King Creosote, The Young Uns, Paul Smith... Pledge £15 to receive a link to a fresh playlist of 100 past performers - compiled and curated by Luke.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way... and we'll send you a Waiting Room Hot Pot Poster for FREE!

£10 or more

Reopening Weekend Table Reservation Sun 2.8

Reserve a table for our reopening weekend - and support our Crowdfunder campaign. Reduced capacity - extra precautions, but with the same humming atmosphere. Please pledge at least £5 per person for your booking (e.g. £30 = table for 6). We'll call everyone back to discuss and confirm your reservation time and table. Please indicate a preference to be seated earlier - somewhere between 6pm-7.15pm or later - somewhere between 7.15pm-8.30pm.

£20 or more

£20 Tombola

Random prizes, memorabilia/junk, art, bottles of wine, kintsugi crockery, tickets, food... and more - some prizes having a higher value than others (some worth more and some worth less than £20) Our actual tombola ticket draw will take place on August 16th... (It's just a bit of fun - be gamble aware!)

£25 or more


Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with... a Waiting Room Recipe Box, including recipe card and ingredients. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£35 or more


Pledge £35 today and we'll reward you with... a Waiting Room Recipe Box, including recipe card and ingredients plus a bottle of Organic Wine PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£50 or more

Harvest Moon Banquet

Harvest Moon Banquet event - on Wednesday September 2nd 2020 (Full moon!) - 3-hour feast from 7pm. Taste every dish. Local harvest, suppliers and tipples. (Staggered arrivals from 6pm) £50 per person.

£100 or more

VIP 2020

Only 10 available. Special printed Waiting Room VIP card for the remainder of 2020. 10% discount on bills for your group from now until (& including) New Year's Eve 2020; Special table requests, 24 hour head-start for booking gigs and events this autumn... Aperitifs, an After 8 mint on your pillow (or are they full of pig bone? Ans. no but they do contain buttermilk it says here) - you get the idea though, we'll make more stuff up as we go along.

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