MEET THE OWNER OF THE FOODIE ROOM
The Foodie Room is a Swansea based bakery which uses local produce to create delicious homemade Welsh food. They cater for all events and occasions, and even offer cookery tutorials for adults and children. In this Q&A we asked owner Chef Adam what the driving force was behind him starting The Foodie Room, and how he overcomes setbacks. Here’s what he had to say…
Tell us about your business.
The Foodie Room Bakery opened during the pandemic, in between the first lockdown and firebreak in September, on Swansea high street. It has been a great success so far given the circumstances and we are continuing to grow.
We currently offer a 10% student discount but if you are a Fusion Student resident pop in and claim your exclusive 25% off our entire menu (no minimum spend)!
What was the driving force behind your business?
I’ve worked in catering for a long time and opened up my first company at just 20 years old. I decided to jump straight in and do it properly by myself. The idea popped into my head during the first lockdown. I started selling 500 afternoon tea packages and here we are today!
How does The Foodie Room look after the environment?
Yes, we do. All of our food, which includes lava bread, cockles, welsh lamb and mint, is sourced locally. Everything is homemade too, so we like to promote this as part of sustainability. We like to encourage people to bring back their used coffee cups for a 6th cup free, which has worked really well. The Foodie Room also has vegan and gluten free alternatives, and we use compostable containers for our takeaway services.
If you had one piece of advice for students starting their own business what would it be?
Honestly, you’ll never know unless you try – you just got to go for it. Make sure you know what you’re doing. If it fails at least you can say tried.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Opening the bakery during a global pandemic is an achievement in itself, and it’s already paying off! We’re now busy preparing our second premises next door to our bakery for when we reopen after the lockdown. Moving the business from Llanelli to Swansea was definitely the best thing I have ever done.
It doesn’t stop there! Next door to our bakery is going be your new student hotspot for Autumn 2021. If you like great cocktails, delicious food and getting balls deep it’s gonna be the place for you – check out www.orbbars.co.uk – Wales’ first adult ball pit!
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