New Food Business Opens At Hugh Town Post Office

Tanglewood Kitchen owner Lindsay Rodger with husband Euan

A new food retail business has opened in part of St Mary’s Post Office.

Lindsay Rodger and husband Euan have transformed the former sorting room into a kitchen and display area for her ready meal and specialist grocery business, The Tanglewood Kitchen Company.

The couple have been providing meals, cooked in their own kitchen, for purchase by locals and visitors in self-catering accommodation for the past two years, as well as lunchtime meals for children who attend Craftykids in Old Town.

But now a £37,000 LAG grant has part-funded the conversion of the kitchen and retail premises in the iconic town centre Post Office building. Euan says this has helped diversify the business and will support an extra member of staff.

While some traders have voiced concern over how quiet town is currently, Euan is confident that things will pick up next season.

He’s hoping that the trend towards self-catering will continue as he believes that’s a growth area and says his business is geared up to serve visitors who want to dine in their accommodation, as well as the local trade.

Euan says he hasn’t heard any objections from other food traders because of his different approach to food retail with ready meals. And there won’t be hot food take-away sales, as they are not allowed to operate that way.

One unique twist to the business is the range of American snacks, sweets and food products that the couple have selected.

Euan spent time in the States as a child and wanted the business to offer something distinctly different and that hasn’t been found in Scilly until now.

9 Responses to New Food Business Opens At Hugh Town Post Office

  1. David & Pam Sharpe from Leeds November 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    No Ginger Beer but a couple of glasses of red went down very well.

  2. Nobby Nobbs November 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Nice to see people trying hard to make Scilly a better place for both residents and punters
    As to the snide remark above, the shop and the post office are two separate businesses and the po still retains it olde world charm.

    Again pepper, buildings change over time according to their function. At least we still have a Post office, most on the mainland have been incorporated into petrol stations or supermarkets

    Post Mistress Lindsey and Mr Rogers I wish you all the best in your new endeavour

  3. Pepper November 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Best of luck, but shame you can’t tell the place is a post office any more…

  4. David & Pam Sharpe from Leeds November 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Good luck – if the food is as good as we had delivered by them on our holiday this year I’m sure it will be a great success.

    We are certainly looking forward to sampling their butternut squash, spinach and cheese pie again when we visit next year – it was truly scrumptious.

    • Nobby Nobbs November 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Did you have lashings of Ginger beer with it as well ?

  5. Former Very Regular Visitor November 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Good Luck with your business, great to see someone trying to buck the trend, I just wish I could afford to visit Scilly again on a regular basis, I miss it so much !

  6. Sara Corbett November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Well done. I wish them every success. I am sure it will be a hit with self catering families

  7. pat November 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Its looking very smart….
    good luck Lindsay and Euan

  8. Hilary November 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations Lindsay and Euan