Urban Larder has now been on Mill Road for nearly three years, having relocated from Hope Street Yard. If is fast gaining popularity for good locally sourced food, local honey, jams from the W.I. ladies, delicious bacon & ham, venison, cheeses from The Wobbly Bottom Farm, healthy ready meals, Saffron Ice Cream, Stokes tomato ketchup, mustards, local farm eggs, both duck and hens. Bread, 100% organic baked bread kneaded by local people, with heart and soul put into every loaf!
We are also gaining a reputation for stocking some of the widest range of gluten and wheat free food. Mellynbakes have recently come on board as our main supplier – their range of quiches, pies, pastries, biscotti, brownies, cakes, bread is so tasty that it sells in its own right as our main range on our ambient range.
Our seating area means you can ‘try before you buy’ as all our sandwich fillings can be bought in the shop – also the quiches and salad – a new addition to the lunchtime menu, which are proving very popular, are our Greek slices. From ‘his mother’s recipe’ Yannis, from Crete, brings us both a Spinach and sheep’s cheese feta slice, in olive oil pastry and a Potato, Courgette and Herb slice. Both can be enjoyed with salads or taken away.
So what else happens from the Urban Larder? In brief, we can supply your office with food for the fridge, snacks and drinks, topped up on a weekly basis with an honesty box. We can also cater for your company – offering sandwiches, cakes, drinks and fruit platters – Dietary requirements such as gluten or dairy free can be taken into account.
The shop as a whole is also up for grabs as an evening venue. So far we have house a local group of ‘crop sharers’ running a project just outside of Cambridge, a local community group – Romsey Action Group, a one off ‘Pie Night ‘ for a fiftieth birthday party, a book group, a venue for a children’s party? There’s plenty of scope, knitting groups, a film club, or an intimate supper club. We have many contacts for outside caterers so please don’t hesitate to ask, as most things can at least be considered and discussed.
Regulars may notice some new additions to the shop recently. We now stock a wide range of local art, featuring work from local painters who hold their own exhibition on our upper wall space, rotating monthly. We also have ceramics, illustrations, textiles and glassware. Stuck for a card or wrapping paper, well now you won’t have to head into town for one. The Urban Larder is fast becoming a ‘one stop shop’ so don’t cross that bridge unless you have had a chance to look at our shelves first.
Basically the shop was set up to reflect the demands of its local community – so if there are products that you can’t find on Mill Road that I could source for you then do ask. Independent shops are sadly vanishing from our high streets due to high rents and overheads – the only way to support them is to shop in them, so please come in and see what’s on offer and your suggestions will be taken on board. Join the many of us who are turning our backs on supermarkets, and who want to taste and enjoy the huge array of local produce created from scratch by dedicated farmers and foodies who live in the East of England.
Please see the posts on the right for all current events and activities – thanks, Polly