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An institution in Peckham, our independent restaurant needs your help. Come and be part of our next adventure!
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The Begging Bowl - Bringing Thai Food to London

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About The Begging Bowl 

Begging Bowl
Begging Bowl

The Begging Bowl is a true neighbourhood restaurant - we consider all of our customers to be part of our extended Begging Bowl family - and with the help of this Kickstarter campaign, we want to be able to provide them with the kind of dining experience that they truly deserve. We have a vision for The Begging Bowl and we want to take the restaurant to new heights.

Since our opening in 2012, thousands upon thousands of customers have walked through the doors, seven days a week, but now, six years later, the restaurant is calling out for some love! And this is why we need your help...

What people say about us

'Absolute gem! Crunchy seabass to die for and the banana fritters are incredible. One of us was gluten free and they looked after us so well. Really loved the cocktails too. Will definitely be back' - Paul G

'Top restaurant with a great mix of fresh flavours and ingredients - they make me want to try and recreate their Thai salads full of mint, peanut, chilli and seasame (but knowing I'll fail). Love the unlimited sticky and jasmine rice! Great drinks including partizan beers.'-Yelly G

'I LOVE this place! I've only been twice but I think it is one of my London favourites. Super friendly staff, a light, airy restaurant with a conservatory bit for when it's warm, and the food is deeeee-licious. While the flavours on the menu are all familiar Begging Bowl does things a little differently and both times I've been I have tried something completely new. The noodle dish you see in my pictures is one of my favourite meals of 2016! Cannot recommend enough.' - Babs 

FOUR STARS ON TIMEOUT 

CODE TOP 100 WOMEN IN HOSPITALITY

A little bit about me 

Hi, I’m Jane, I’ve been a chef for 20 years working in some of the best restaurants in London. My restaurant partner Jamie and I share a strong passion for Thai food and great flavours: In 2003 I fell in love with the complexity of Thai cuisine and spent four years working with legendary Thai chef, David Thompson at the Michelin-starred London outpost of Thai restaurant Nahm.  I have been planning this renovation for 4 years and we are finally in the position to do it properly and it means the world to me.

We need money for 

There are the essential works that need to be completed for us to be able to stay open long-term, including central heating for those cold winter months, new tables & chairs, and a bathroom refurb. 

And then there are the bigger plans - plans that we're ridiculously excited about and just know our customers are going to love:

- We're going to extend the bar area to create an awesome new cocktail bar, with space for guests to sit at the counter and enjoy cocktails and snacks from a brand new bar menu.

- We're (finally) going to totally gut, extend and re-build the kitchen with brand new equipment - you have no idea how much this means to us! Our current kitchen only has enough room (if you can call it that) for three chefs to squeeze in - and for a 70-seat restaurant that is just crazy! The re-build will enable us to, well, breathe (!), but we'll also have the space and equipment for experimenting more with ingredients and dishes, which ultimately means exciting new menus for our customers.

We're keen to make it clear that this is not about some flashy, over-the-top refurb - that is just not us. We simply want to create the best possible dining experience for our customers. We promise that the heart & soul of The Begging Bowl will always remain.

Rewards 

We have lots of exclusive, enticing rewards to thank you for being part of our journey. Everything from our famous and addictive sour chilli sauce for £12 to a private dining experience for you and your friends, where I will come into your home and cook for up to 10 people with drinks and service! Check out the rewards below!

Sour Chilli Sauce
Sour Chilli Sauce

CHILLI SAUCE - £12

Cocktail and 2 bar snacks - 

Asian Cocktails
Asian Cocktails

THAI COOKING CLASSES - £65

EXCLUSSIVE THAI TAKEAWAY - £50

DINNER FOR 10 WITH COCKTAILS - £500

These are just a few of our amazing rewards!

Risks and challenges

Our planned refurbishment and extension has been a long time coming. This isn't something we decided on overnight, the restaurant has been in need of TLC for some time now, so we have been planning this in our heads, on paper, and with our talented team of experts for longer than you'd imagine.

The restaurant will need to close for a short period of time to allow for the works to take place, but it has all been carefully planned out with a great team, so we don't foresee any issues with re-opening on time. However, if timings do become tight, it won't cause any major problems if we need to push the opening date back slightly. Frustrating? Yes. Disastrous? No.

As a team, we are used to handling anything that comes our way - in fact, if you saw how we handle a restaurant as big as ours in a kitchen the size of ours, you'd know we can cope with anything that is thrown at us!

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    Pledge £6 or more About US$ 8

    Glass of wine on me!

    I know a lot of our friends are in other countries and want to help, so i have decided to give you 2 years to come and claim your glass of wine!

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    Our Famous Sour Chilli Sauce, Yes!!

    We know you want it because you have been asking for it. Now you can re-create our Deep-fried squid with Sour chilli sauce (200ml glass jar) at home with your very own recipe card.

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    Limited edition Begging Bowl Tote Bag

    Going to the shops to buy all your Thai ingredients, then you definitely need this Tote bag in your life! Brilliant gift for Christmas + recipe card + shout out on social media

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    Two Bar Snacks & Cocktail in our New Bar

    Don't miss this one, come and sit in our new Cocktail bar and enjoy 2x bar snacks from our new bar snack menu + shout out on social media

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 25

    Kids Group Cooking Class

    Fun class, learn about Thai ingredients and make a dish.
    Saturday afternoon for 1 hour.
    6 years of age and over.
    19th of January 2019

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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    Begging Bowl Apron

    This brilliant apron features our logo and is knee length, so perfect for cooking up some Thai feasts at home. Brilliant gift for Christmas + recipe card + shout out on Social Media!

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    Our Infamous Sour Chilli Sauce

    We know you all want it because you've been asking for it. Now you can re-create our Deep-fried squid with Sour chilli sauce (200ml glass jar) at home with your very own recipe card.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Exclusive Thai Takeaway

    We have never offered a takeaway before. This is your first chance to come and collect your very own Begging Bowl takeaway to enjoy at home - wow i hear you say, I know MEGA!
    Monday - Thursdays, valid for 6 months from December 2018

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Cocktail Tasting Panel 20th of Nov

    Enjoy an evening in our new bar and join our panel of not so expert cocktail tasters to decide on which cocktails you love and want to feature on the new cocktail menu, yes you get to decide, great right?! And we won't let you go hungry, there will be plenty of bar snacks to get you through this gruelling evening...

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    £50 voucher and a free glass of wine

    Special last week offer! Voucher can be used anytime.
    Valid for 6 months

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    Pledge £65 or more About US$ 82

    Group Thai Cooking Class

    Come and learn some expert Thai skills at The Begging Bowl. We will go through ingredients and different cooking techniques and then a sit down for a meal to enjoy all your hard work. Recipe cards included - this would make a great gift.
    Midweek classes & Weekend classes available.
    Dates to be released soon.

    New Date 19th February 2019 available

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    Thai Regions - Superclub

    29th November 2018 - more dates will be added.
    Exclusive preview of the renovated restaurant (or building site if not quite ready!!) for our first super club! We are going to be cooking our way around Thailand showcasing the different ingredients and dishes from each region and matching cocktails. The restaurant will be set up into long sharing tables, with the chefs serving and talking about each dish. It'll be loud and lots of fun!

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    Thai Cooking Class

    Come and learn some expert Thai skills at The Begging Bowl. We will go through ingredients and different cooking techniques and then a sit down for a meal to enjoy all your hard work. Recipe cards included - this would make a great gift.
    Midweek classes & Weekend classes available.
    Dates to be released soon.

    New Date 7th February 2019 available

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    Supper-Club | Thai Regions & Cocktails

    Exclusive preview of the renovated restaurant for our first ever supper-club! We are going to be cooking our way around Thailand showcasing the different ingredients and dishes from each region and matching cocktails. The restaurant will be set up into long sharing tables. The chefs will be serving and talking about each dish. This will be an informative evening for those foodies who want to know more about Thai food.
    29th of November

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    Adult Thai Cooking Class

    Come and learn some expert Thai skills at The Begging Bowl. We will go through ingredients and different cooking techniques and then a sit down for a meal to enjoy all your hard work. Recipe cards included - this would make a great gift.
    Midweek classes & Weekend classes available.

    New date: Saturday morning 16th March 2019

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 126

    Dinner for two at The Begging Bowl

    Cocktail on arrival.
    5 sharing plates, including dessert and rice.
    1 bottle of house wine
    Herbal tea to finish
    Valid for 6 months

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    Lunch/Dinner Voucher (anytime)

    This voucher can be used anytime to put towards a meal, and a great gift

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    Pledge £130 or more About US$ 164

    Thai Cooking Class (2 PEOPLE)

    Come and learn some expert Thai skills at The Begging Bowl. We will go through ingredients and different cooking techniques and then a sit down for a meal to enjoy all your hard work. Recipe cards included - this would make a great gift.
    Midweek classes & Weekend classes available.
    Dates to be released soon.

    New Date 14th February 2019 available

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    Thai Regions Supper-club (2 PEOPLE)

    29th November 2018 - more dates will be added if we sell out this one.
    Exclusive preview of the renovated restaurant (or building site if not quite ready!!) for our first super club! We are going to be cooking our way around Thailand showcasing the different ingredients and dishes from each region and matching cocktails. The restaurant will be set up into long sharing tables, with the chefs serving and talking about each dish. It'll be loud and lots of fun!

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    Private Thai Cooking Classes at home

    Private Thai cooking class at home. Jane will come to your home and run a cooking class for minimum 4 people, maximum 10. You will learn about Thai ingredients and techniques in a fun, relaxed way. And best of all, you'll enjoy a sit down meal with a waiter/ess - we will, of course, leave your kitchen spotless!
    You can add a Cocktail barman to make cocktails all night for £50 per person.
    Valid for 12 months.

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    Pledge £180 or more About US$ 227

    Early bird offer (save £40) Dinner for 4

    Cocktail each on arrival
    8 sharing plates, including dessert, plus rice
    There will be plenty of food for everyone
    2 bottle of house wine
    Dessert Cocktail each
    Herbal tea to finish
    Valid for 6 months

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 631

    Dinner for 10 including Cocktails

    An amazing night, ordering a feast, Snacks, sharing dishes, desserts for friends and family for up to 10 people, including 2 rounds of cocktails.
    Valid for 6 months

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    Pledge £750 or more About US$ 946

    Celebration Dinner for 20

    Feasting at its finest! Snacks, sharing dishes, dessert. Friends and family for up to 20 people, including welcome cocktail and dessert cocktail.
    Birthday, Christmas or just a big ol knees up.
    You can BYO or order drinks from the bar.
    Valid Monday - Thursday.
    Valid for 6 months

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    Pledge £800 or more About US$ 1,009

    Private Dinner at Home!

    Private dinner at home!
    Jane will come to your home and cook a feast for maximum 10.
    5 dishes including dessert. You'll enjoy a sit down meal with a waiter/ess - we will, of course, leave your kitchen spotless!
    You can add a Cocktail barman to make cocktails for you during your meal, 3 different signature cocktails, £50 per person.
    Valid for 12 months.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About US$ 3,153

    25% off for Life

    25% off food for life. Dine with us as many times as you like and take advantage of this amazing discount. You will also always be able to book a table. Never to be offered again.
    Maximum 6 guests.

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About US$ 3,783

    Restaurant Takeover Monday - Friday

    Wedding! Christmas!
    Full takeover of Restaurant for Lunch/Brunch.
    Monday - Friday
    Food, staff and drinks.
    Maximum 50 people.
    Valid for 6 months.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,306

    Restaurant Takeover Weekend

    Wedding? Christmas party? or just a plan old knees up?
    Full takeover of Restaurant for Lunch/Brunch, Saturday and Sunday.
    Food, staff and drinks.
    Maximum 50 people.
    Valid for 6 months.

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Funding period

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