The Larder Philosophy

What is a Larder?

lar·der (noun)

a cool place with a supply of food, otherwise known as a pantry

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

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO…

We serve food & coffee with love, simplicity and provenance – every ingredient matters! We call it honest food with integrity, sourcing as many ingredients from small passionate producers and people we know.

Working with nature, seasonally as best we can, with fresh and free range produce, from as close as possible. We avoid food, coffee & drinks with miles.

Our meats are free range, chicken from Elgin & bacon from Ryan Boon’s and charcuterie from Richard Bosman. Our bread is made by Woodstock bakery, who bake using age old traditions and stoneground flour.

Our coffee is ethically sourced in Africa from Bean There who support and uplift communities directly.

We tinker with cakes and offer plenty of vegan, gluten & refined sugar free options.

We cook from scratch on site, our mayo’s our pesto’s are all homemade.

Our eggs are not pre-cooked. Our team is small, this mean we get to know you all better.

ECO FRIENDLY

We choose not to use straws, to use compostable biodegradable eco friendly packaging. Our coffee cups are made and printed locally and are compostable and biodegradable, the lids too. We urge folks to buy eco-cups or bring their own too. The café uses eco friendly fridges, LED lighting too, so we can reduce our footprint on the environment.

FREE COFFEE

Buy 10 coffees and get one free! Make sure you sign up for Coffee Loyalty email us on

info @ thelarder.co.za to sign up. We’ll send you a QR code swipe each purchase.

CATERING

Our cafe makes a perfect venue for catch-ups, baby showers and much more. We are licenced too, serving craft beer, local wines & bubbly. Contact us if you would like to use out space.

Take a look at our online shop for ordering at the click of a button.

If you would like to bring the Larder home, contact us for our platters price list or office for staff lunches, we can happily offer plates of gorgeous food to your door, just get in touch.

Speciality birthday cakes, no problem. Take a look at our Celebration Cakes page for some examples.

OFFICE MEETINGS

Who doesn’t need coffee when you have a meeting?

If you are local, we will bring it round fast and hot!

Call us on 021-6711958 to pre-order coffees and tray of treats for your meetings.

Take a look at our online shop for sweet treat options or call the shop to put together an assortment.

Let us perk up your boardroom table with a tray of cinnamon buns

or some superfood banana loaf slices. Did you know we are on UBER EATS and MR D

OFFICE LUNCHES

Order 10 lunches or more before 11am & we will deliver between 12-1 if you are less than a 1km radius of the Larder. Call us on Tel 021-6711958

LARDER PRESERVES

Sonja has developed a range of artisan jams and chutneys, whimsical twists on tradition with

unique flavour combinations. Perfect for customers to take home and enjoy a piece of The Larder at home

but we supply large jars to the luxury hospitality industry.

Our jams & chutneys are superb paired with cheeses.

For wholesale enquiries, please email food @ wildpeacock.co.za

Wild Peacock

How did the Larder begin?

Our founder, Sonja fell in love with food in the early 90’s when stranded in Australia after a skiing accident. Sydney was and is a mecca for good food and coffee café culture. It became a dream of hers to start a café, a bit like Cheers, where everyone knows your name…

Working at a small boutique hotel who focused on sustainability and cooking seasonally, complete with full kitchen garden, she was inspired by food producers, local farmer practicing good animal husbandry, focusing on animal diet and health. The industry was celebrating the small, away from large factory produced goods.

Seeking formal training, she enrolled in Prue Leith’s School of Food & Wine in London. During her years in London, she worked as a private chef in luxury properties in the UK, Italy and France. In between she worked as a food stylist on tv shows, commercials, books and magazines as well as food editor & writer on M&S magazine, Waitrose Seasons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda.

Please contact her for any menu development, recipe development or recipe writing.

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