SPANISH pop-up The Strawberry Tree has found a permanent new home, taking over The Courtyard Café at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis.
Business partners Ed Pemberton and Giselle Benrimoj came up with the idea for The Strawberry Tree at the end of 2018, combing their love and extensive experience of Spanish food, drink and culture with a desire to create and share one-off experiences that bring people together in a fun and convivial way.
They have since been popping up at events and enjoyed a successful stint at The Pop Up Kitchen in Broad Street, but have now moved to their permanent new home, tucked away in the Town Mill’s courtyard of artisan businesses.
Between them, Ed and Giselle have spent more than 60 years living, eating and drinking in the Iberian Peninsula.
Many of The Strawberry Tree’s recipes are inspired by Giselle’s family history – originally Sephardic Jews from Granada in Spain – who were pushed out of their homes in the 1400s and forced to leave the country by the Spanish Catholic kings, ending up in Morocco and then later Gibraltar by the 1600s.
Ed also lived in Madrid for about 15 years until 2012, when he moved to Dorset and his love of Spanish food and drink comes from his Spanish mother-in-law.
At their new venue at the Town Mill, Ed and Giselle will be offering a range of light bites, Mediterranean-style light lunches, coffees and cakes during the day, and in the evenings they will have a selection of hot and cold Spanish tapas, with occasional paella evenings which proved a hit during their time at The Pop Up Kitchen.
Along with indoor seating in the cosy cafe overlooking the River Lim, The Strawberry tree will be serving diners outside in the Town Mill’s beautiful courtyard gardens.
There are also plans to further expand, with Ed and Giselle set to take over the neighbouring Courtyard Gallery from January 1 which will undergo a full refurbishment with a new entrance and toilet facilities.
They will then be running this as an arts cafe, continuing to work closely with local artists and hosting regular exhibitions, along with a retail corner and takeaway offering which will work hand-in-hand with Lyme Regis Brewery, just across the courtyard.
The Strawberry Tree is currently open Monday 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm, and Sundays 11am to 4pm. They are currently operating a walk-in policy only with no bookings.
For more information, visit www.strawberry-tree.co.uk or find The Strawberry Tree on Facebook and Instagram.