By Irish Examiner
"We are here to sit with you": A Turkish restaurant in London offers homeless and elderly people free three-course meal on Christmas Day
A Turkish eatery in south-east London has reminded us that 2016 isn’t all bad with an incredibly heartwarming gesture this Christmas.
Sidcup’s Shish Restaurant is hoping to ensure people in need don’t spend Christmas Day alone by offering a three-course meal for the homeless and elderly – totally free of charge.
Posters spotted in their windows offer the special menu between 12pm and 6pm, along with the message: “No-one eats alone on Christmas Day. We are here to sit with you.”
People have also commented on Shish Restaurant’s Facebook post about the initiative to applaud the idea, saying things like “Makes my heart swell seeing this, what an amazing thing to do” and “you are all heroes”.
Meanwhile, other Facebook users have commented asking how they can help the restaurant with the meal and saying they would like to contribute something to the day, like Christmas crackers.
The menu states that guests will receive a starter of soup or cacik (a yoghurt-based dish), followed by casserole or chicken shish for main course and, to round the meal off pretty perfectly in our eyes dessert will be rice pudding.
Just makes you want to go and give the people at the restaurant a big old hug, doesn’t it?
Yep, it’s exactly the kind of Christmas spirit we all needed in our lives.