Stepney City Farm Café to relaunch as The Allotment Kitchen, with special guest chef Ben Tish

May 5, 2020 by Clare Hawkins

Stepney City Farm’s popular farm-to-fork café is due to be reopened as the Allotment Kitchen, by Betty Gilbert and Lucy Cuthbert.

To launch the new business and raise funds for the Farm during lockdown, for three weeks only, celebrity guest chef Ben Tish will be creating a special Saturday night dish for pre-order and collection, starting from 16 May.

London, May 2020, Stepney City Farm is delighted to announce that the popular Farm Café will be relaunched this Summer, by the new team of Betty Gilbert and Lucy Cuthbert. With extensive restaurant experience and a successful catering business behind them, Betty and Lucy will be embarking on their first café venture, The Allotment Kitchen at Stepney City Farm.

Celebrity chef and Culinary Director of The Stafford London and Norma, Ben Tish, will be teaming up with Betty and Lucy from 16 May in the run up to the opening, creating a changing weekly dish inspired by seasonal farm produce, and his new book, ‘MOORISH’. Dishes will be available to order via the Farm’s online shop for collection on Saturdays, making lock-down weekends at home a special dining occasion for Stepney locals.

Clare Hawkins, CEO, said: “We are so excited to welcome Betty and Lucy to the Farm, and to have Ben’s support for the launch of the Allotment Kitchen. All profits from this special collaboration will be split between supporting the Farm, which has suffered a serious loss of income during lockdown, and supporting Betty and Lucy with the café start up costs this Summer. A huge thank you to Ben, and we hope that the local community will enjoy this opportunity to sample some fantastic dishes in the run up to the official opening of the Allotment Kitchen”.

Betty Gilbert said: “The opportunity to open the Allotment Kitchen at Stepney City Farm is the realisation of a long-held dream for myself and Lucy. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ben Tish on the launch of our first joint venture, and we can’t wait to welcome the local community back into the Café on a daily basis.”

Ben Tish said: “I have long been a supporter of Stepney City Farm. The opportunities that it provides to the local community are invaluable; ranging from access to locally grown food, to environmental and rural education programmes, to the benefits of getting involved and working outdoors with nature and animals. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to support the launch of the Allotment Kitchen during this time, and look forward to seeing the personal stamp that Betty and Lucy will put on this much-loved local cafe.”

The Allotment Kitchen will be serving up a seasonally inspired menu with ingredients sourced as locally as possible, and an emphasis on using fresh farm produce grown by Head Grower Billy Styles at Stepney City Farm.

Ben Tish has put together an exciting weekly menu for three weeks, available to order online and collect on Saturdays from 16 May:


Week 1: (16 May)

  • Slow roasted Moorish spiced lamb rump, coriander and fresh mint mojo verde, faro with preserved lemon; or:
  • Spiced roasted cauliflowers, rose harissa, toasted pistachios and preserved lemon and honey (Vg)
  • Both served with saute chards and kales with chilli and garlic (Vg)


Week 2: (23 May)

  • Grilled free range chicken and baby gem, saffron mayonnaise, roasted IOW tomatoes, pan grattato; or:
  • Orzo with fennel, almonds, capers and green olives (Vg)
  • Both served with braised courgettes, jersey royals and Stepney farm herbs salsa verde (Vg)


Week 3: (30 May)

  • Aubergine parmigiana with English Burrata and basil; or:
  • Spiced chickpeas, preserved lemon, char grilled runner beans (Vg)
  • Both served with Stepney farm salad lemon, olive oil and marjoram vinaigrette (Vg)


Prices will be between £10.50-£12.00, and orders will be taken via the Farm’s online shop,


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