Luke’s Café, a new pop up food stall from Brockley, offers award-winning Hartland Pies at the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood until September 9.
The purpose-built “food shed”, which is located next to the Hayward Gallery, represents a contemporary take on the traditional idea of a community café.
If the taste of the pudding is in the eating, then the joy of Hartland Pies is in the sharing.
Luke Hartland, 27, son of the award winning pie maker Ian Hartland and a sales manager for Hartland Pies, combines his experience as a French-trained chef with the family’s four generations history of making great pies.
When asked what he felt was unique about their offering, Luke said: ‘’We are known for our Melton Mowbray pork pies and take great pride in the quality of our products and our customer service. We are based in the small village of Cotgrave, in the Midlands, and source all our stock locally.”
“Our style puts a stamp on whatever we offer.’’
Nadia, 35, a project manager from Clapham Junction, said: “Luke warms up well to customers, I will be back here very soon with members of my family’’.
Ken, 44, a carpenter, said: ‘’I know Luke and he is very good at what he does.’’
In addition to the Hartland’s pop up stores in London, they also supply a wide range of wholesale customers, including pubs, bars, coffee shops and delicatessens.
Luke added that the business was improving daily.
He said: ’’We have got many regular customers and new ones are showing up every day. Lots of people get to know about Luke’s Café unique offers through social media. The feedback has been tremendous and it has encouraged me to do more.’’
Luke’s Café opens from 10am – 10pm every day.
Find and follow Luke’s Cafe at the Southbank on Twitter: @lukesfoodshed