Local entrepreneur re-launches the Urban Larder, Mill Road Cambridge
Duncan Mason, a local entrepreneur has bought the Mill Road café Urban Larder. The café, launched in 2009 by London businesswoman Polly Plouviez, is a much-loved presence on Mill Road, selling local produce, gluten-free foods, coffee, breakfasts, lunches and gifts to a large community of loyal customers. The Urban Larder is also known for its events including chocolate-making workshops, supper clubs and book-binding courses. Polly Plouviez came up with the idea for a shop selling local produce, after working as an events manager at Audley End, for English Heritage.
“The Urban Larder concept was my brainchild,” Polly said. “I’ve loved working on Mill Road and creating this hub in the heart of Romsey. I always wanted to run a place that looked after local food suppliers, local artists, and local craftspeople, as well as supplying local produce to customers who are sick of supermarkets, their brands and the lack of choice, and I’ve done that. It’s been a lot of hard work but it’s been extremely rewarding. I will miss my customers and suppliers immensely but after six years it’s time to take up a new challenge. Duncan has the right vision for the Urban Larder. He’s going to look after everyone who has come to see the café as their café, their place to meet friends, relax, work, socialise. He was the right person to take over the business.”
Polly will start her new job working for the City Council in the new position of Chesterton/Mitcham’s Corner Coordinator. Her role will be representing the local traders, businesses and community in the delivery of some new incentives and projects to enhance the area. “This new challenge is very exciting,” Polly said. “There is never a dull day working with traders and the community. I can’t wait to roll out ideas that will hopefully make Mitchams Corner the next place to be in Cambridge.”
Urban Larder will re launch in the New Year after Duncan has the chance to make some changes to the current look. The Mill Road Winter Fair will be Polly’s last as the current owner of the café. “Duncan is going to run our food stand at the front of the café, and it will be a great opportunity for people to come and meet him, talk to him about his plans and for him to get to know the amazing community that will use the Urban Larder on a day-to-day basis.