The Larder Café at 50 Lancaster Road, Preston, is an enterprising new concept. Set up and run by Kay Johnson, who says that her ambitious plan is to improve the food system in Preston. Within a few yards of the Preston Guildhall, visitors to the café can be sure of a warm welcome in relaxed and comfortable surroundings, with a daily changing menu offering delicious home-made food.
Kay, a qualified nutritionist, believes in food fairness for all and says that the larder is a social enterprise in Preston that promotes local, healthy, seasonal and waste-free food. All profits from the café go into communities in need. The Larder concept works through a café, a training academy and a network of Lancashire farms.
With a vision to promote and develop a fairer food system in Preston, The Larder encourages visitors to experience their mission and purpose which includes: collectively supporting the movement for sustainable food in Lancashire by promoting healthier and sustainable food to the public, tackling food poverty and increasing access to affordable healthier food, building community food knowledge, skills resources and projects, promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy, transforming catering and food procurement and reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system.
Kay works with individual local suppliers and promotes their businesses by hosting a, ‘Supplier of the Week,’ with information on display. She says this enables the visitor to see and understand where ingredients for The Larder come from. With John Saunders, a baker from Little Hoole and Joe Brown an egg supplier from Chorley teaming up to supply The Larder, Kay explains that she has also ‘brought in a coffee supplier, Carvetii, from Keswick who produce coffee beans that don’t put communities in poverty.’
Food is available throughout the day and the menu will include a daily special such as Vegetable Chili and Baked Potato, or Carrot and Coriander Soup. Cakes are baked on the premises and there is always a vegan option.
Together with her partners in the business, Alison and Chryssa, Kay offers accredited professional courses in food hygiene, nutrition and masterclasses in cookery. The courses are designed for groups of six to 10 participants. The Larder also offers work placements through Lancashire County Council Social Services.
Theme nights are popular at The Larder – check their Facebook and Twitter pages for news of forthcoming events which include a European Night, a Middle Eastern Night and a Greek Night. Visitors might also enjoy events such as An Evening with the Artist (with local artist, Norman Long), or a musical night with a local band.
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Caroline James is a local food writer and author. Her new, best-selling novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is available online and in Waterstones, Preston. www.carolinesjamesauthor.co.uk
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