Hen Corner

Sara Ward and her family have transformed their West London Victorian terraced house into an urban smallholding, allowing them to have the best of both worlds - city and country. They are living the good life complete with 20 hens, two colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery making 30-40 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats. Whilst Sara and the family continue to expand their hands-on skills, they train and encourage others through their schools programmes and series of courses run throughout the year. Be it jam making, wood carving, bee keeping or bread baking, there’s always something new to learn at Hen Corner.

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Tell us about yourself and your business

We are Hen Corner. We love the bee keepers, the veggie bed diggers, the jam makers and cider drinkers, the chicken fanciers and the real bread bakers. But not just in the deepest darkest countryside or the far, far away villages but right here in our cities and towns.

Many city dwellers and townspeople dream of a life in the country but feel tied to urban life for jobs, schools, family and convienience. My family and I truly have the best of both worlds in our cultivated corner of West London, living and working our urban smallholding. Whilst we enjoy the good life, we are  always keen to share it with others through our courses, schools work and bakery.

What did you do before starting this business

I worked for a local charity.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

As a family we were trying to live more sustainably and others expressed an interest to find out more, so we started running courses.

Whilst we bake bread for our family, harvest honey from our bees, gather eggs and make chutney we sell our spare produce to our local community.

What is your inspiration for what you do

It's so important to know where our food comes from. Everything we eat used to be alive, be that plant or animal, so being able to trace the products back to their origins gives us confidence for our health, our environment and our farmers.

What do you love most about what you do

Meeting lots of people and them enjoying what I've made.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Offer samples, let people taste how good your food is. Know your story well so that you can tell it easily.

Do you have any links to Ealing

I'm a member of the Ealing & District Bee Keeping Association

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

The Griffin, Brentford

Sweet or savoury

Both

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Wine

Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you

We use ethically sourced ingredients, organic where possible (our flour is from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire), eggs are free range, sugar is British or FairTrade. We need to know where it's all come from and how it's production has impacted the animals & workers involved.

Where do you get inspiration for new products from

Amazing food is often the sum of three distinct ingredients, getting your base right is a winning formula.
Bread, Tomatoes, Cheese
Meringue, Raspberries, Chocolate
Cinnamon, sugar, butter

What's more important to you - colour or texture

Texture

 

July's W5 Food Market will be buzzing with information about honey, bee keeping and how we can help to protect the bee population in our community. Sara Ward of Hen Corner joins us with her bee keeping gear, to demonstrate how bees make honey, and how bee keepers later access it for our enjoyment. Sara will have honey available for tastings and buying, and will have kids' sized bee keepers uniforms on hand. So bring your little ones along to suit up and make like Winnie the Pooh!

 

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

Sfornato

Sfornato pizzanos are something totally new to the London foodie scene. They are wood-fired pizza-sandwiches, with fillings like mozzarella fior di latte, basil, tomato sauce and extra-virgin olive oil, or pulled rosemary chicken, balsamic caramelised onions, bacon, and tomato sauce. There's also something for the sweet-toothed, such as sliced wood-fired bananas and melting chocolate sauce. Owner David is French but being passionate about pizza, travelled to Italy to learn more about the craft of making pizzas. He discovered a dish called "panuozzo", and taking inspiration from that, he created the pizzanos. His ingredients are sourced locally where possible, from Italy where necessary, and packaging is eco-friendly.

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Tell us about yourself and your business

I am a French citizen who has been living in London for the last 3 years... I am passionate about food and travels! I have been to Italy multiple times and fell in love with the food over there which is why I dedicated quite a big time of my life in learning how to cook proper Italian food!

Sfornato serves artisanal quality pizzanos that could be described as pizza-sandwiches cooked at lightning fast speed in a wood-fired oven and filled with savoury or sweet ingredients depending on the season and creativity of our bakers.

What did you do before starting this business

I ran a restaurant back in France about 8 years ago. Then I went to Asia (Hong Kong) where I worked in the event industry and helped charities to raise funds. Then I travelled across Asia for almost a year before relocating to London where I pursued my career in the charity industry up until today.

What were the main motivations for starting your business

I have always had a dream to be self-employed, to realise a vision and hopefully to give to people what I expect when visiting a business - great product and customer service at a fair price!

Since I always love cooking, starting a food van business seemed like the natural 'next-step'.

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What is your inspiration for what you do

Some traders/pizza specialists all over the world are doing great things and I keep looking at them for inspiration and new ideas.

My past travels are also a great source of inspiration and I will try to take advantage of this experience by offering (from times to times) original recipes!

What do you love most about what you do

I love cooking, I love sharing and discussing with customers especially since people are always curious when it comes to food. And it's really great to be away from an office. Ultimately, I like to have these 2 jobs at the same time, working on realising my dream with the van whilst continuing my activities in the charity industry. It's really fulfilling!

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Be different, love your food, love cooking and love people because at the end of the day, it's all about serving them and making sure that they're enjoying your food!

Do you have any links to Ealing

I am a happy Ealing resident!

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Where's your favourite place to eat in London

it's hard to pick just one place really... well friends/family come over for a visit, I'd say that I like to go to Richmond and find a nice spot by the Thames for a lunch outside... there is a German place there which is quite a good place for a beer and some Wiener Schitzels! Reminds me of my trips in Germany and Austria. Again, it's all about food AND travel memories!

Sweet or savoury

Savoury, every day!

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Pasta? Probably!

 

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.