Magic Hat Cafe

Magic Hat Cafe

The Magic Hat Café aims to abolish avoidable food waste by ‘upcycling’ surplus food to feed the community, and leading activism and awareness raising on food waste in the city.

Food that would otherwise be sent to landfill is collected from local food businesses and households in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. This includes fruit and vegetables that are unattractive; bakery products that can only be sold on the day of production, surplus from food growers and end-of-line or unsold produce.

Collections are sorted, prepared and stored according to Environmental Health legislation. Ingredients are then prepared into nutritious meals and drinks, which are served to the public on a ‘Pay-As-You-Feel’ donations basis.


In April 2018 we launched Newcastle's first PAYF supermarket at Byker Community Association. We are working with the staff and volunteers to bring fresh surplus food to the city thats available to all, no referrals, no addresses, everybody is welcome and as long as the food gets eaten and not landfilled, we're happy! 

We are now also running a regular pop-up cafe at BCA, every Friday from 5-8pm - serving a range of dishes made from 100% surplus ingredients. We'd love to share our food and message with you, please come down and pay-as-you-feel.

Keep an eye on social media for updates for our permanent Cafe launch!!!