Woman creates Full English breakfast in toast dish to help ‘cure hangovers’

A woman believes she's created the greatest hangover cure and hopes her business will help tackle homelessness.

Charlotte Mascarenhas, 27, is the brains behind Bread & Bowl, a takeaway business based in Manchester.

She hopes her business, The Hangover Line, will be successful enough to turn into a social enterprise.

And Charlotte wants her new business to offer opportunities to those who are homeless or ex-offenders.

Bread & Bowl first launched in February 2020 with just £200 and the help of Instagram, reports Manchester Evening News.

From its first home at pub The Tavern to its new location in The Crown & Anchor, it serves up hearty morning meals.

The Hangover Line sees a full English breakfast piled into a sourdough bread bowl served with two drinks and a secret package.

It's delivered to postcodes right across Manchester on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ingredients are sourced locally from a choice of thick cut bacon, sausages, hash browns, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese.

During the second lockdown Bread & Bowl launched The Roast Line delivering roast dinners within two hours to your door.

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The leftover ingredients were then turned into meals to give out to the homeless.

Charlotte said: "We launched a pay-it-forward scheme where customers could buy roasts for someone living on the streets.

"We started getting lots of donations through and even though we absolutely loved handing out the roasts we decided the money would be better spent by an established charity who understood the needs of people living on the streets more than we do and already had those connections.

"We partnered up with one of our favourite Manchester-based charities, Lifeshare, and continue to give all donations received to them so they can continue their vital work."

Speaking about her own experiences when she was homeless, Charlotte added: "It was a brief time in my life and my mum has an incredible knack of making the most of a bad situation."

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She continued: "Luckily I was pretty unaware of how bad things were, so I wouldn't for a second say I understand or know the plight of people living on the streets stuck in a vicious cycle with little support.

"Over the years I have done loads of volunteering in Manchester with people living on the streets, and when I was 21 I slept on the streets of Manchester city centre for seven nights with a friend to raise money for Shelter, which has given me a deeper understanding for how truly awful and harrowing life on the streets is.

"The success of The Hangover Line is so important to me because if it is a hit, this will be the start of the social enterprise."

Charlotte is already in talks with a local housing organisation to find people who are ready to work, hoping to offer them a sense of purpose and support.

The Hangover Line delivers a Bread & Bowl breakfast for £15 to locations in Manchester, you can make an order between 9am and 12:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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