This is the story of how we got to this point, and we will post one for each area within the precinct as we build towards the future.
We’re still experimenting with the menu, and will continue to do so as we see what people like and what they buy, all suggestions are welcomed!
In the very beginning, of course, this was simply a plot of land and a plan:
We also needed a business and management plan. We have been fortunate as a conference and retreat centre to have many of these skills in house. Our chef, Sue, daily prepares much of the delicious food in the kitchen in St Katharine’s House, and Christian and Mantas who run our hospitality here have provided invaluable oversight and management of the cafe’s setup and running.
All this planning was running alongside the actual building and fit-out of the space. We began with a base:
Next The Yurt Shop arrived with the beautiful yurt itself:
and up it went in a day:
A number of us contributed ideas to what the general feel and design of the site might look like, using pinterest. Building on this, manager Gabby Gilmore put together the following mood board for the inside design, and plans for the main counter:
The furniture, too, where possible, was previously used and well loved. Where needed it was reclaimed with some paint, along with many of the decorations and tins holding flowers and herbs:
Now look at them:
After a trial run for staff and some words from Master Mark Aitken, we opened last week, and look forward to welcoming you here soon!