POP-UP restaurant The Monmouth Table will be opening a new pantry store in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, next month.
The Monmouth Table, run by Annie Coplestone & Carlotta Paolieri, have been catering events and serving up their unique tapas menus for the last two years at both The Pop Up Kitchen in Lyme Regis and Soulshine in Bridport.
But as the pandemic hit and doors closed up and down the high street, local business owners and consumers alike were forced to re-think the way they traded and shopped.
It was back to basics for many, with pop-up stalls selling locally farmed goods, homemade meals bought from doorsteps, local ciders sold through windows.
Although originally it was an adaptive way for restaurants and suppliers to survive, many have enjoyed the charm and simplicity of it all, taking us back to the days before the super market.
And this is what you’ll find at the new Monmouth Pantry, set to open in Broad Street in July.
Taking over the premises formerly occupied by ceramics ship Sicilia, just one door down from The Pop Up Kitchen, Annie and Carlotta have been collecting their knowledge of everything from local organic vegetables and dairy to artisan bread, fresh herbs, spices, cheese and homemade preserves to create a good old-fashioned grocery shop.
Championing local farmers and producers, keeping it green with minimal plastic and reintroducing self-serve and weigh, The Monmouth Pantry will provide shoppers with an explorative and conscious approach to their weekly shop.
Annie and Carlotta are keen to hear from potential customers with ideas of what you’d like to see on their shelves. To make a suggestion or for further details, search The Monmouth Pantry on Facebook or Instagram.