Following the meeting with Martin, rushed home, (via Wittards!), full of ideas. Mum found my Grandmother’s old recipe book dating from 1939-93! Started the year she got married it ranges from cheese souffle to cauliflower salad!? Loads of fab old 1950’s recipes including various chutneys and jams and other pantry fayre 🙂
Cracked straight on and cooked some Gingerbread Biscuits, delicious!!
Looking forward to lots more tasty treats from the old book. Feels like things are moving forward and coming together……
We had a really exciting meeting yesterday with Martin Irish, the lovely man that’s going to be coming up with the designs for our new logo, signage and other much needed marketing materials. We both came away feeling very inspired and can’t wait to see some of his ideas over the next couple of weeks. Watch this space as we’ll be sharing some of it with you! Here’s an example of our moodboard so that you can see what we’re inspired by…
Sunday 7th March
We met in Greenwich market to do a reccy of what stalls are currently there, to see what they’re selling and what prices things are. It was a gorgeous sunny day and so tons of people were walking around and it gave us a great opportunity to see what was and wasn’t selling. Slowly it became apparent that although there are plenty of food stands but none of them seemed to be selling traditional English food to the tourists and locals.
A quick cup of tea in Peter Wiers cafe, and the vision and name was born. The Great British Pantry – a stall that sells grown up seasonal jams, chutneys and hot soups. We would ensure that the best of British is celebrated – from strawberry and Pimms jam at Wimbledon time, to leek and potato soup on St David’s day.
We were so excited that when it came to time to pay for the tea and leave, we realised that we only have £3.50 and needed £4. Jane waited in the cafe while I ran to the cash point – then after a long conversation about how bloody expensive the two cups of tea were, we realised that there are huge profit margins to be had, and that tea is of course ‘quintessentially British’ – so it’s going on the list! along with everything that accompanies it – tea pots, tea cosys, teacloths – you name it, The Great British Pantry will have it!
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