George Clooney grabs bite at UK sandwich shop helping homeless

Actor George Clooney (centre) takes a selfie with staff of Social Bite cafe, which helps the homeless in Edinburgh, Britain, on Nov 12, 2015.
Actor George Clooney (centre) takes a selfie with staff of Social Bite cafe, which helps the homeless in Edinburgh, Britain, on Nov 12, 2015.PHOTO: EPA
Actor George Clooney (left) hands over his money to Social Bite staff Ciara Whelan.
Actor George Clooney (left) hands over his money to Social Bite staff Ciara Whelan. PHOTO: EPA
Actor George Clooney (left) posing for a photograph with Social Bite founders Josh Littlejohn (right) and Alice Thompson.
Actor George Clooney (left) posing for a photograph with Social Bite founders Josh Littlejohn (right) and Alice Thompson.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - Movie star George Clooney dropped into a sandwich shop staffed by people who used to be homeless in Scotland's capital Edinburgh on Nov 12.

The Social Bite cafe donates all of its profits to charity and runs a scheme which allows customers to pre-pay for a meal or hot drink which will later be given to a homeless person.

A quarter of its staff were formerly homeless and it has a menu created by a Michelin-starred chef which includes haggis and jambalaya.

Social Bite co-founder Josh Littlejohn said the Ocean's Eleven star had donated £1,000 to the cafe as well as paying £5 for food in the cafe.

"I like what they're doing, I think it's a very important cause. I think the idea that we can all participate in everyone's difficulties is really important," said Clooney, who was greeted by a crowd of fans before going inside.

He is in Scotland for a string of engagements including speaking at a business awards ceremony in Edinburgh.