In 2016 we opened the UK’s first micro soya dairy & tofu production facility at 12 Pottergate. On site our vegan cafe & shop featured many products made by our talented team of soya alchemists. Other firsts included a vegan deli counter, with fresh tofu, soysages and burgers and we also introduced the UK to the pleasure of vegan whippy style ice-cream.
The range of sweet and savoury treats developed by the team – from delicious cakes and sweet treats, to tasty savouries including soysage rolls, pasties and quiche proved so popular we quickly outgrew 12 Pottergate.
Tofu production on the premises limited our opening times, and demand quickly out stripped what we could sensibly make on site – although the increase in production meant we were able to source UK grown soya beans.
In 2017 we had the chance to buy10 St. Gregory’s Alley – just two minutes from our Pottergate shop. Although we knew substantial renovation was required to transform it in to the tofu emporium and bistro we envisaged, this has turned out to be much more extensive than anticipated.
In 2018 we opened a new production unit in Lenwade, with a super new more efficient tofu machine. In spite of taking most production out to the unit we were still short of space – and restrictions on the Pottergate lease severely limited our ability to provide hot food.
It wasn’t until the end of 2019 we felt confident to give notice on our Pottergate lease anticipating a seamless May 2020 move to St. Gregory’s Alley. Unfortunately the Covid-19 global pandemic meant that on March 19th we suddenly had to close the doors to the public on 12 Pottergate.
The lease ended during the subsequent lockdown, as well as delayed getting our new home ready. By the end of July, with lockdown eased and the work now almost complete we could finally welcome you to our new home, two years and a global pandemic later than originally planned.