Camden Council staff in ‘bread riots’ at new headquarters over price of sandwiches

15:15 15 August 2014

Bread riots broke out at the new Camden Council headquarters at 5 Pancras Square.

Bread riots broke out at the new Camden Council headquarters at 5 Pancras Square.

John Sturrock

It’s been little more than a month since it was given its grand opening – but already bread riots have broken out within the walls of Camden Council’s plush new headquarters in King’s Cross.

The Ham&High understands council staff at the newly built £123million offices at Five Pancras Square have become 
incensed at the “absurd” prices the cash-strapped council’s “community cafe” has been trying to charge for its sandwiches.

With some claiming the £5-plus cost for a bit of bread and filler has left them “unable to eat”, servants of the Labour-run council rallied the troops and launched a mass boycott.

One council employee said: “They were trying to make a ridiculous amount of money out of council staff –who are just trying to keep themselves going while at work. Councillors complain in public about the cost of living all the time but this is exactly the kind of burden on the wallet we could all do without. Maybe if they hadn’t outsourced the running of the cafe to a private company we wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Not keen to tempt revolution with an off-the-cuff “let them eat cake” remark, the company running the canteen, Amadeus, instead buckled and dropped its prices to a “more respectable” £3.95.

While aware that the council is in a desperate situation financially, the furious employee says sandwich-gate has got the building “off to a bad start”.

“The council was clearly trying to plug gaps in its finances by allowing its own staff members to be fleeced,” he said. “I’m sure residents know the feeling only too well.”

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance and technology, said the prices the canteen was charging were “disappointing and too high for a public building”.

A spokesman from Amadeus added: “Since the launch there has been some negative feedback from staff and the public that the prices are too high. Amadeus responded quickly to address this.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:35
Kato Harris will appear at Isleworth Crown Court next Tuesday

This is the first picture of teacher Kato Harris who has appeared in court accused of repeatedly raping an underage girl.

Yesterday, 17:10
Actresses Juliet Stevenson and Michelle Collins with volunteers and Alexandra's mum Lindsey Wylie from the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF) launch the Christmas food parcel appeal. Picture: Polly Hancock

A charity is marking the fifth anniversary of a Highgate schoolgirl’s death from cancer with the launch of a Christmas appeal to help children left without support following the closure of Kids Company.

Yesterday, 12:53
Victims of the contaminated blood scandal: (left) Nick Hirsch, (right, from top) Clair Walton and her late husband, Colette Wintle and Mark Ward

Timetable for settlement on NHS scandal has slipped yet again say campaigners - as they wait to see if cash is allocated in chancellor’s autumn spending review

Yesterday, 08:46
The London Fire Brigade has put forward proposals to axe 13 fire engines to save £11million

‘While a new website would be welcome, this should not be done at the cost of frontline cuts’ says fire resources committee chief

Tue, 18:01
Khayerul Miah, pictured, and his brother have joined IS in Syria

The two young men from Kentish Town who left the UK to fight for Islamic State (IS) in Syria are former pupils of Acland Burghley School.

Tue, 16:46
The government says the HPV vaccine is safe and will protect against deaths from cervical cancer

East Finchley mother accuses pharmaceutical industry and government of ‘ignoring generation of sick girls’ as European Medicines Agency finds no link between illnesses and cervical cancer jab

Tue, 15:58
Carl Ryan, who is charged with misconduct in a public office, outside court (Picture: Central News)

A detective who faked records - including witness statements by Whittington Hospital staff - thwarted three investigations into serious sex assaults, a court heard.

Tue, 12:18
Firefighters from West Hampstead were called to tackle the large blaze in Finchley Road - which burned for 72 hours

West Hampstead and Hornsey fire stations could both lose an engine under controversial cost-cutting proposals

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Tesco - Every little helps

Would you like to have the opportunity to win a huge £2,500 to spend at Tesco? Well with this amazing prize you can do exactly that! MyOffers are giving you the chance to get your hands on £2,500 to spend on anything you desire may it be free weekly groceries for the foreseeable future, a new TV, home decoration or even a new sofa!

You could get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge!

Here’s your chance to win one of the most feature-packed smartphones on the planet, from tech giants Samsung, The Samsung S6 Edge!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder