Category Archives: Secret Kitchen

The Family Cafe project opens again next Tuesday…

A new year, a new cook, a new price and a new type of service for you all!

Come and enjoy a tasty, home cooked, fresh, vegetarian dinner for a bargain price. FREE kids activities every Tuesday… Come and support this innovative project and get a delicious dinner for you and your family…

Did you know that we do take away? If you are in a rush but still want a great meal then ask our serving staff about a take-away…

Our new staff member is Victoria. She is a fab cook, an avid grower and maker and has been involved with loads of great social food activities from the cafe and gardens at Shipley Country Park to Newstead Treefest, and her food skills range from allotment growing to making home made cakes and much more; she is a real treasure and we can’t wait for dinner! Now she’s come to take over on Thursday’s and Friday’s so please come and make her welcome, say hello and get stuck into some ace food cooked with lots of love!

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Family Cafe Launch Next Tuesday 4pm


after a lot of work, and with still rather a lot to do… we are happy to announce that our new project: The Family Cafe will open this Tuesday at 4pm until 5.30pm.
This innovative project, the first of it’s kind anywhere in the UK (as far as we are aware) is about encouraging people to share food and eat socially, to promote community, volunteering, conversation and food empowerment and all in return for a donation…
Yes, there is NO FIXED PRICE LIST! Simply put what you want in the pot.
Affordable food, eaten socially, cooked with lots of love by The Secret Kitchen Cafe… See you there. Link to flyer
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Secret Kitchen Launches new website!!

Have a look at the Secret Kitchen new website at the link below….

This is a recent message from Marsha at the Secret Kitchen….

“Would you like the cafe to run a social eating evening in your area? Do you know of a church hall, community centre or anywhere where there is a kitchen and space to sit and eat? Sherwood? Mapperley? The Park? Bestwood and beyond?

If so please get in touch as I am planning a series of non-Sneinton Social Eating Events to get our model, our energy and our spesh food out and about!

Cafe Sneinton has a break – Secret Kitchen takes up the slack

After 3 and a half years Cafe Sneinton is taking an extended break (mainly because of my other duties as a new father).  This should mean though I’ll have a bit more time to spend on the Cafe network.  The Secret Kitchen however is now opening on Fridays and Saturdays at St Christopher’s church (back there after a very successful summer season at Green’s Mill).

Tom Hughes writes on facebook “[To] the team who helped at the Hermitage, I’d like to say a huge personal thank you for what you’ve done with Cafe Sneinton. I and my family were grateful consumers and enjoyed the relaxed (tho sometimes frenetic) community atmosphere. I think it has been a transformative project and I’ll miss it. Marsha Smith  (Secret Kitchen) can carry the baton with pride!”

Marsha writes today on the Secret Kitchen facebook page “cafe opens about 10am this morning… goats cheese and pumpkin seed lasagne with lemon thyme wedges and salad for lunch, coconut and lime flapjack and tea, coffee and toast ready before lunch…”


Secret kitchen Menu this week…..[fwd]

Weds: Succotash aka ButterBean, Sweetcorn and Parsley SoupyStew (with creme fraiche and LOTS of black pepper), Homemade Roasted Mushroom Pate and Coleslaw salad and Chocolate Orange FlapJack…

Thurs: Chickpea and Lemon Soup, Mozzarella and Marinated Tomato Flatbread and Salady-Stuff, Lemon and Almond Loaf Cake…

Fri: Lentil and Coconut Soup, Risotto Roasted Pepper Loaf and Salad, CousCous, etc and another Chocolate Chai Cake


ps. WiFi as of Wednesday lunch… free

The Secret is Out!

Marsha Smith, who has been one of Cafe Sneinton’s best cooks over the years, is now opening her own cafe (the Secret Kitchen) at St Christopher’s Church hall on Trent Rd, around the corner from the Hermitage Centre.  It will be opening mon-fri from 9-4pm and should be a great place to hang out and get Sneinton’s only fresh coffee, plus homemade cakes, pies, soups etc.

There will be other things going on there too like family days and other ideas as they arise.  Please get in touch with her if you want to be involved in some way or use the space.

The flyer is here, and also attached here is a new consultation project from Sneinton Alchemy that seeks to create a local plan to take advantage of new government ideas of localism (Localism bill pdf here).  They will be at the launch and elsewhere in Sneinton over the next few weeks!

News Round Up

Alain Job of Melting Pot Cafe at the Sycamore centre is also a street food pioneer.  And with the help of University students (more on this later as Marsha from Secret Kitchen has also tapped into this resource) he has created his own brand of street food – Nkono.  It is a banana skin cone with the Cameroon curry inside.  A tasty, healthy, biodegradable bit of home-made  fast food.  Maybe look out for it at Glastonbury next year, and certainly at the Relaunch of Sneinton Market 10th Dec!!

Alain and Nkono are down at the Goose fair until Sunday – please go down and try this new product if you can!  They are near the tram end of the main avenue in the Forest Rec that runs across the site from Mansfield over to Forest Rd West.

See the face book page


Hi all
We  think and hope you will agree that  Stonebridge City Farm is a
treasure which belongs to the people of Nottingham. Entrance is free
and we would like to keep it that way but the farm needs the support
of the people to ensure its existence. For just £10 a year or two
hours voluntary work a year you can become a member of “Green Street –
Friends of the Farm” and play a part in  protecting the farm. Details
of joining are attached and you can print the form, choose your option
and post it in to me or drop it off at the farm next time you are in.
Please also pass on to anybody who may be interested.  The 2 hours
voluntary work contribution can vary depending on what you would like
to  offer – from helping in the garden, maintenance work, baking or
helping at events, to give some ideas.

The half-price edible plants offer for Green Street is now finished.
Instead we will be providing limited monthly special offers and
Friends will be the first to hear of these offers. Workshops and
activities with limited numbers will be offered to Friends first.

Contact me if you have any questions and looking forward to seeing you
on the farm soon.
Best wishes

Green Street@Stonebridge City Farm:


All Ours October Souper Social Sunday

On Sunday 9th October 2011, 1.15pm – 3.45pm
at the 
Sneinton Hermitage Community Centre, Sneinton Boulevard with home made soup & cake courtesy of Pixies Pantry, hot drinks, table tennis, pool, games, chat.
The Lost Artists – a self help group for isolated artists who want to network with each other.   Artists, musicians, poets and any other artists that practice other art forms – are all welcome. Artist materials and musical instruments provided.
the Middle Street Jugglers Have a go at juggling, plate spinning and toothbrush twirling
 Art and Craft journalling for wellbeing by Dee Fairchild . All materials will be provided. It will be a buffet style workshop.
This social coincides with the beginning of Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks. There is a rundance event preceding All Ours, nearby at the Windmill from 12-1pm and a full listing of the other events for the 2 weeks can be found here
Future Dates : next All Ours will be on Sunday 13th November