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


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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

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.

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