Our lockdown story: The Ilkley Kitchen

“It’s been a hard but rewarding challenge to adapt the menu to accommodate lockdown life.”

“The prospect looked great for 2020, I had just moved into my new premises, had starting supplying to some brilliant new restaurants and I loved that The Ilkley Kitchen now had its own place to call home. As the concern for COVID-19 started to grow, my orders started slowing down and before I knew it, all our beloved, restaurants and cafes, cinema and Food market in Ilkley had shut, until further notice. Not only did I supply to many of these brilliant independent businesses but these were places that I’ve loved going to with friends and family for many years – it was hard to see Ilkley become a ghost town overnight. 

I made the hard decision to shut up shop and have a serious think about how I could adapt the way I work and safely supply my food to the people of Ilkley. Along came the simply brilliant and supportive Pronto Ilkley and within a week a new delivery menu was developed and we were off! 

My delivery menu mainly targets lunch time grub but can also be heated up for a delicious evening meals too. From Shredded Asian Chicken Salads to Spanish Meatballs, our famous Sausage Rolls with a Celeriac Potato and Chorizo Soup, it’s been a hard but rewarding challenge to adapt the menu to accommodate lockdown life. My keen cyclist son drops off all orders on his bike, ensuring strict hygiene rules are always followed and food is dropped to your doorstep without any contact. Pronto Ilkley has enabled me to reach out to customers that didn’t even know The Ilkley Kitchen existed pre-lockdown, I’ve cooked for Zoom date nights, key workers, sent cakes and lunches to families with loved ones in hospital and found many new loyal, supportive customers. 

As the cafes in Ilkley slowly re-open under new takeout restrictions, look out for The Ilkley Kitchen cakes and bakes available for takeout. But in the meantime, I will continue to develop my new found love for home delivery and I am already excited for The Ilkley Kitchen to grow when post lockdown life restarts!”

Story originally featured in Scran magazine issue one. View the full issue here 

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