Grantham Journal Big Interview: 'We want Leadenham to be place to eat, drink and shop'
Since Leadenham Teahouse was opened three years ago by sisters Katie Mace and Kirsty Kershaw, it has continued to attract customers from all over the area.
Not only do the sisters manage the thriving teashop but they are extremely active within the community, putting on events such as the Leadenham Artisan Market.
We caught up with the sisters this week to talk about their success.
What does it mean to the company to win the Great Taste Award?
There are so many fabulous eateries in our area so we were delighted to be a finalist in this category. Leadenham Teahouse is passionate about the finest quality produce.
It’s really important to us that we know exactly where our food comes from and the ethos of the products. We are proud to support local farmers, producers and artisans.
For those who are not aware of the cafe, please tell us a bit about your background and what you do?
We are not a traditional tearoom serving big cream sponge cakes and an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. We work in a more modern way of seasonally changing our menus to offer something a bit different. We offer a selection of classic cakes but we like to be more unique with handmade patisserie tarts and baked items.
We have a seasonal changing lunch menu, which features locally sourced ingredients. Using products in season is when they are their tastiest and often produced locally.
What are your key products?
We have a small artisan lunch and cake menu and specialise in an extensive loose leaf tea menu. It’s important to us that we are serving the finest tea we can find, and that happens to be locally sourced from our independent supplier, Stokes of Lincoln Coffee Roasters.
Why do you think you won the award?
Our passion for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire produce. We can be ordering from up to 30 different food and drink producers each week. We promote the Shop Small campaign and buy from and support other small businesses.
How do you separate yourselves from the rest of the market?
We really admire how rural gastro pubs have changed country pubs from old fashioned drinking pubs into fabulous fine dining eateries.
With so many fantastic Lincolnshire farmers showcasing their produce on pubs’ changing menus, we are trying to become a more fine dining experience for lunchtime. The little touches are important to us.
What is your vision for the future?
We would like to become even more unique with our menu.
Leadenham Teahouse is always on the look out for new quality, local independent food and drink brands from our area.
Ultimately, we really want Leadenham to become a destination to be able eat, drink and shop.
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