The Larder Philosophy

What is the Larder?


{lahr-der} noun, a cool room or place with a supply of food, pantry

The Larder is café’s with soul with quirky décor & warm ambience, a home away from home. Come often and be welcomed into the family.

Our food & coffee is made with love, simplicity & provenance – every ingredient matters! It’s clean, healthy & honest food, meaning with integrity, sourcing ingredients from small passionate producers & people we know, as unprocessed as possible. Our coffee is ethically sourced in Africa from Bean There which supports & uplift communities. Every cup of coffee you buy from us supports the farms & families directly.

Our menu’s are small & fresh. We work with nature, seasonally as best we can, fresh & free range. Our veggies are mainly sourced from the Philippi community & urban farmers, buying organic with intent. Our meats are free range, chicken from Elgin Free Range, bacon & charcuterie from Flying Pig, if it isn’t free range it’s not allowed in the door. Our flour is stoneground & our cakes are baked in house. Our chefs have perfected a few delicious gluten & sugar free treats as well as offer plenty of gluten free savouries.

We cook from scratch on site even our mayo & pesto is homemade. Our eggs are never pre-cooked, made to order, as well as our our of this world hollandaise! Shock horror! We have small teams looking after our guests, not crowds of staff, so yes “service” is a tad slower than the Spur but it is so worth it! Feed your body & warm the soul.

We have a NO straw policy & our packaging is biodegradable, mostly from Ecopak. We know our children enjoy sipping from a straw, but we are teaching our own to go without by showing them the scary impact it has on our precious marine life. They are now spreading the word willingly to other restaurants, telling people to stop buying straws because they too want to save penguins & turtles who are being harmed by ingesting them. We sleep better at night knowing we are doing our bit for our beautiful planet, every little bit counts!

In 2014 The Larder Cafe’ spread their wings from inside Block & Chisel, Diep River to a stand alone store in Claremont, so locals can get their caffeine fix outside of the mall on the quaint little stoep. Come & visit soon, you’ll find a spot in Grove Avenue or in the Woolies underground carpark, a short yomp up the ramp.


Larder catering

If you would like to bring the Larder home, please contact the branch to enquire, we ‘d be happy to help.



Want to host a party, we can help with pleasure! Our Claremont branch is licensed & we serve a small variety of organic wines & craft beers.

SonjawithpipingbagSonja Edridge, owner & founder

Who wouldn’t fall in love with food when in foodie heaven, Australia? South African born Sonja’s food epiphany came about in the 90’s working in a small upmarket boutique hotel south of Sydney, growing their veg, sourcing sustainably & cooking seasonally. She enrolled at Prue Leith’s School of Food & Wine in London to formalise her cheffing & graduated with distinction.

Her foodie path has not been a straight one but a rich patchwork quilt, from cooking for Vatican members & nobility at Castello di Montepo in Tuscany to food styling on daytime tellie in London. Channel 4’s cult day time TV show “Light Lunch” & the River Cafe’s “The Italian Kitchen” to launch Delia Smith’s website, Delia Online, food editor to supermarket magazines of Waitrose, Sainsbury’s & Marks & Spencer.

Sonja worked as a freelance food stylist, writer & recipe developer for UK publications, cookbooks, tv commercials & packaging shoots, working with fabulous photographers, restaurant chefs, authors & stylists, regularly with Jonathan Lovekin, Nigel Slater’s partner-in-crime, as well as David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer.

She also worked for clients as a private chef, there is a reason why The Larder’s version of Eggs Benedict is called The Johnny Depp! Although she loved London’s excitement & glamour, she always yearned to have her own café. In 2011 Block & Chisel approached Sonja to create an in-store cafe at their flagship Diep River store – and so The Larder was born!

She has launched an exciting range of artisan jams & chutneys, supplying the restaurant & hotels industry, as well as small jars now available on Yuppiechef, lucky you!

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