We’re incredibly excited to announce that Social Pantry have been appointed as the new caterer for Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust – Sir John Soane’s Grade 1 listed country home in Ealing.
We will run two venues at Pitzhanger: the kiosk in Walpole Park, to be called Pitzhanger Pantry, and the new café restaurant – Soane’s Kitchen – still being built in Soane’s original walled kitchen garden. Both venues will serve visitors to the park and to Pitzhanger once it reopens to the public, while also drawing customers from further afield.
Pitzhanger Pantry will re-open in early May after a very brief refurbishment following the expiry of the current lease at the end of April. Soane’s Kitchen (the café in the walled garden) will open later in the summer, when it has been completed – watch this space!
Pitzhanger Manor is undergoing a major £12m process of conservation and renewal, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ealing Council, Arts Council England and other generous donors. The building project is restoring Pitzhanger to how it was in John Soane’s day and upgrading its linked contemporary art gallery, all to create a cultural focal point for Ealing. In parallel to the building project, the Trust is developing a programme of exhibitions, education and outreach to engage participants of all ages, with a particular focus on those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs. The two cafés will play a key role in supporting the charitable activities of the Trust and in particular its education and outreach programme.
Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust, said today:
We are delighted to announce Social Pantry as our catering partners for Pitzhanger Pantry and Soane’s Kitchen. Over the last seven years, Alex Head has built from scratch a highly successful business offering innovative, high quality catering at reasonable prices. We were particularly attracted by the fact that Social Pantry manages to combine this quality with a strong social ethos in the sourcing of its ingredients, in its employment programme and eco-credentials. After seeing what Alex has achieved in past ventures we have high expectations for the excellent service Social Pantry will offer to the users of Walpole Park and all those who visit Pitzhanger.
Alex Head, founder and CEO of Social Pantry, said today:
I am delighted that we have been selected to work with Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust to provide fantastic catering for local Ealing residents and visitors from further afield, in Walpole Park and Pitzhanger. I founded Social Pantry in 2011 as I wanted to create a company that delivers well sourced, seasonal and accessible food. For me, as a business owner, my aim is to be as sustainable as possible whilst ensuring that every meal we deliver is as delicious as the last. I love to provide customers with an enjoyable and creative experience and I will apply these values at both Pitzhanger Pantry and Soane’s Kitchen. Social Pantry will also be creating a calendar of community events at Pitzhanger Pantry.