In 2016, we opened the UK’s first, ‘micro soya dairy and tofu production’ site in Pottergate, Norwich, where our talented team of soya alchemists made the fresh tofu and transformed it into delicious vegan eats. 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!
In 2017, we had the chance to buy our current home, 10 St. Gregory’s Alley – just two minutes from our Pottergate shop. Although we knew substantial renovation was needed to transform it into the tofu emporium we envisaged, this has turned out to be much more extensive than anticipated – so ‘Project St. Gregs’ rumbled on.
Our products proved so popular that we quickly outgrew Pottergate, so we sought alternative premises where we could dedicate a team solely to production, thus freeing up time and much-needed space in the café! So in 2018 we opened a new production unit in Lenwade, with a super new, more efficient, tofu machine.
It wasn’t until the end of 2019 that we felt confident to give notice on our Pottergate lease, anticipating a seamless May 2020 move to St. Gregory’s Alley. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant that on 19 March 2020 we suddenly had to close the doors to the public at Pottergate. By the end of July 2020, with lockdown eased (ish) and the work almost complete, we could finally welcome you to our new home, two years and a global pandemic later than originally planned. Well, it’s now 2022 and we are future facing, post-covid hoping and happy to see you all again!