New café dishing out more than 100 Sunday dinners each weekend in lockdown


A business that opened just weeks before UK lockdown has been dishing out more than 100 Sunday dinners each weekend.

Nana’s Kitchen, in Stoke, opened on February 8, but was forced to close the following month when the country shut down.

Owner Andrea Pepper made the decision to reopen for takeaways and deliveries two weeks later, and has had orders flying out of the shop.

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The 49-year-old, from Trent Vale, said: “The sandwich shop has been here for a long time, but it was really run into the ground. We had to do a full refurb before we could open in February.

“I decided to call it Nana’s Kitchen, as that was my favourite place to be growing up, and my grandson loves being in my kitchen.”

On their opening weekend, the shop sold six homemade Sunday roasts – but just three months on, more than 100 are being enjoyed by customers.

Inside Nana’s Kitchen, in Stoke

Andrea added: “I’ve always loved making homemade food and family meals. I try to keep my prices as low as possible because everyone deserves to afford it.

“Over the last few months we have worked to build a good reputation and customer base. This week I sold 120 Sunday dinners.

“I always say we can’t really do more than 120, but another customer will call and I just can’t say no!”

The home-cooked meals feature a choice of meat from Oakhill Butchers, as well as mash and roast potatoes, homemade stuffing, Yorkshire puddings, and a selection of fresh vegetables and gravy.

Customers have been able to call in orders, or place an order on Facebook for delivery or collection from the shop at their given time slot.

Andrea said: “A few weeks after opening, Coronavirus struck and we decided to close for two weeks to think of a plan. It really scared me as we were just getting a bit of traction and some returning customers.”

Nana’s Kitchen are serving 120 Sunday dinners a week

The café decided to reopen during the lockdown to keep customers smiling, and have gone above and beyond to cheer people up.

“We’ve been asked to make cakes for a few people,” Andrea said. “There’s a young boy across the road from the shop and it was his 10th birthday in lockdown.

“All he wanted was a McDonald’s, so we made him our version of a Happy Meal and baked him a cake.”

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For customers ordering meals, there is a ‘pound puds’ selection available for £1, including cheesecakes, apple pies and chocolate cakes.

Andrea added: “It’s been really hard work, but I’ve loved it. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and the customers are lovely.

“All of my family are mucking in doing deliveries. We always make sure there are only two or three of us in the shop to respect social distancing too.”

 





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