About The Malt Cross
The Malt Cross Bar and Kitchen is a socially responsible Café Bar, art gallery, workshop and heritage space including our sandstone caves spread over five floors. We welcome over 2,000 visitors into our venue every week and pride ourselves on our fantastic selection of real ale, craft beers, spirits and hot drinks as well as our excellent food and cakes (especially our Sunday Lunches). The Malt Cross has a reputation as a community space and a hidden gem Nottingham’s city centre.
The Malt Cross Bar and Kitchen is the trading arm of the Malt Cross Trust which means that all the profits from the Café Bar go directly back into building community and outreach projects and ensuring the future sustainability of the Malt Cross music hall for future generations.
Our current Outreach Programmes include:
- Nottingham Street Pastors – our main outreach project is Nottingham Street Pastors that launched in 2010. Our volunteers patrol the city centre between 10pm-3am on Friday and Saturday nights interacting, caring and supporting the 30,000-40,000 individuals who visit the city at night on an average weekend. Working alongside the Emergency Services, bars and clubs and CCTV our volunteers provide first aid, offer advice on drinking and/or drug usage, care for intoxicated individuals, signpost those in need to support services and ensure individuals get home safely when required. Our volunteers have dedicated over 20,000 hours to the project which has been described as a “fourth emergency service” by Chief Inspector Mark Stanley.
- Working with local partnerships in the city such as Nottinghamshire Police and the Nottingham Business Improvement District to provide advice on how to improve the night-time economy in Nottingham and how to offer practical help to some of the most vulnerable people in our city. In March 2017 we were invited to speak at the Home Office about our work.
- Our Suspended Coffee Scheme where customers can pay it forward and buy a coffee for someone in need.
- Our Winter Survival Project in partnership with homelessness charity Framework we created packs of essential items to give out to those in need when services are closed over the weekend.
- Our Winter Gift Bank where we collected donations and created 230 ‘gifts’ of practical provisions for those in need at Christmas who had referred by our partnerships with local agencies or charities.