By Katrina Ffiske
Tisbury welcomed Provenance to its vibrant high street. Provenance celebrates seasonal food from field to fork in three different ways: food to go menu called Provenance at Home: main courses to include Braised Shin of Beef with Celeriac Mash, Wild Mushroom Lasagna, Chicken, Cider & Plums and Turkish Meatballs with Red Pepper & Chickpeas: pudding dishes such as Roasted Plum & Star Anise Crumble and Chocolate & Clementine Marmalade Pudding.
They are all hand-made in the Chalke Valley using as much produce as possible from nearby farmers and growers.
Provenance owner Sam Rosen-Nash said: “We call it fast, slow food; the bold flavours, convenience of fast food but made with the best local ingredients grown with pride and passion.”
“We also have a small but stylish selection of retail. Some are designed to complement and elevate the take away food: Watercress Salsa Verde, Chimichurri, Harissa or Kimchi, while other products simply reflect the best produce throughout the changing seasons. All are handmade in small batches, with no additives. Autumn pantry offers include Pickled Garden Pears, Bullace Plum Jelly, Rhubarb & Star Anise Jam & Confit Tomatoes.”
Provenance also has a handful of small café tables inside and out. The shop was restored with natural paints, raw lime plaster and reclaimed wood, reflecting Sam’s passion for the environment.
Even with Covid restrictions, it is proving a popular place to enjoy a cold press juice or speciality coffee alongside a home-made flatbread, salad or cake.
Sam and her co-founders (and neighbours) James and Anna Hayward planned and opened Provenance in just eight weeks when existing work opportunities disappeared due to the lockdown.
Despite having collective experience gained at Fortnum & Mason, Dorchester Collection, VERVE Wellness Festival and Ennismore, opening a food business during a pandemic is clearly a new challenge.
“We’ve tried to create something in response to the changes which Covid has caused or sped up” explained James “new working patterns, greater consideration of well-being and diet, urban re-locators or staycationers arriving with new tastes, and residents using local businesses more often and in new ways – there is a tiny bit of all this in our thinking.
“But ultimately we are passionate about flavour, hospitality, promoting great local producers and are beyond happy to be here in Tisbury,” Sam added.
Provenance, No 2, The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6JP Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm.