Fresh Rootz and Carmela’s Kitchen branch out

It is not just the weather that is putting a spring into my step. Over the weekend two new businesses opened that I am really looking forward to visiting – the new Fresh Rootz café at Garden Organic and La Volpe restaurant in Charwelton, Northamptonshire.

Fresh Rootz bed into Ryton Organic Gardens

Fresh Rootz at Garden Organic

BBC Good Food Show Best Midlands Street Food winners Fresh Rootz have found a new home. Chefs Andrew and Martyn will be serving up their vegetarian and vegan world street food at the Garden Organic café in Ryton, just outside Coventry.

Chief Executive of Garden Organic James Campbell said: “The food and ethos of Fresh Rootz fits perfectly with what we are trying to achieve at Ryton Organic Gardens. Their recipes are built around fresh, local food that is not only fantastically tasty, but good for you too.

“We know that being able to enjoy fresh, healthy food and drink is important to our visitors and members, and we strongly believe that this new catering provision will take us one step closer to the vision we all share for the future of Ryton Organic Gardens.”

Martyn said “We plan on using the produce grown in the gardens within our recipes, with a new seasonal dish every day. We are also creating a relaxed indoor space for people to enjoy the food, with wonderful views out into the gardens. We’ve been looking for a venue to open a café but could never have imagined finding somewhere as beautiful as Ryton Organic Gardens.”

Locals uncork community spirit to save The Fox and Hounds

The Fox and Hounds

Villagers in Charwelton, Norhamptonshire raised £120,000via a community share issue to save their local pub The Fox and Hounds from being turned into housing.

The pub re-opened last month and over the weekend the refurbishment was complete as La Volpe, a rustic Italian restaurant opened. Local Italian cookery tutor, demonstrator and food writer Carmela Sereno Hayes is in charge of the kitchen, where fresh vongole and veal will be on the menu.

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