NEW PORTHLEVEN CAFÉ GEARS UP TO SERVE ORGANIC CORNISH FEASTS
The ambition of a young Cornish woman to make a living from serving up wholesome freshly cooked food using the finest quality locally grown organic ingredients will be realised on 23rd July, when Bryally Kitchen opens for business in Porthleven, thanks to the financial support from Finance Cornwall.
The organic café, called Bryally Kitchen after the Cornish for 'primroses', is the realisation of its new owner's desire to start up a new business utilising the very best Cornish organic food and drink. The café has been assessed by the Soil Association and is certified as a fully organic café, the first café of its kind in West Cornwall to attain such status.
The café's policy of local sourcing where possible isn't just good news for customers, who are promised a real taste of Cornwall through simple un-complicated dishes, but it will also provide a valuable boost to local organic producers and will reduce the number of food miles generated between the field and fork.
An investment package, which includes support from Finance Cornwall, has helped the café's new owner Tara Mackie give the building a complete refurbishment throughout the café and its kitchen. Since acquiring the café in March an extensive programme of work has seen the café transformed into a bright and comfortable eatery, perfect for traditional breakfasts, light lunches, cream teas and everything in between.
With soaring temperatures at the moment, thoughts may be a long way from the desirability of cosiness, but come the autumn customers to the café will be able to enjoy a real wood burning stove which has been installed in the original fireplace unearthed during the refurbishment.
Tara described her excitement at being on the verge of seeing her dream of owning a truly organic café using only local ingredients realised: "After months of preparations it's great to see how everything has come together so well, to produce such a wonderful final result which I'm confident will be a big hit with people. Finance Cornwall have been really helpful, their loan enabled us to realise the potential of the café. We were relieved when they agreed to help us as we were already 75 per cent down the road towards our goal, but we needed to do more work than we had funds available for. The place needed a new lease of life, and with a lot of hard work and TLC from family and friends that is exactly what the refurbishment has done.
"Part of my ethos is to have care and respect for the planet on which we all live and I've carried this over into the way that I've set up the café. The distance that food has to travel has to be cut down, which means using local suppliers and I believe organic food makes more sense. In the same way that what we eat is food for us, so is the environment that we are in. I've tried to attract a warm, clean and bright atmosphere, for people to be able to sit in and enjoy their food and conversation with friends.
"As well as people who actively seek out organic
food, we want to attract those who are not necessarily interested in or
aware of organic food, to show them how good it can be. It's a traditional
family run café and all of the baking and cooking will be done
on site, we hope that the smell of our local bread and homemade cakes
will be a great pull for passing customers."
"Tara is completely dedicated to the cause of quality food and had a very strong vision of what she wanted to achieve. At Finance Cornwall we are specifically targeted to help local businesses achieve their potential and we are delighted to be able to help provide the final piece of the funding jigsaw to get Bryally Kitchen off to the best possible start."
For further information please contact Laura Tregonning of Deborah Clark & Associates Ltd on 01872 276276.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Finance Cornwall project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).