THE PEA PLACE – THE UK’S FIRST PEA CAFÉ TO OPEN IN LONDON
With pop up restaurants having served everything from chocolate eggs and soldiers to simple cereal, this must-visit foodie destination was truly ins-pea-rational.
The pop-up Pea Café, named The Pea Place, set up shop in the City for just one day and brought a taste of the country into the heart of London.
Taking over the Canvas Café, just off Brick Lane, E1, the UK’s first pea-based eatery launched during Great British Pea Week 2018 to engage the public in the flavour, versatility and nutritional benefits of the humble pea.
Organised by the Yes Peas! campaign, the The Pea Place was transformed into a pea paradise adorned with real pea plants and pea green-themed interiors. Visitors to the pop up café ate peas to their hearts content and witnessed first-hand the magic of the nation’s pea harvest which was live streamed on a big screen from field to city.
You can find out more about the harvesting process here.
Two billion portions of peas will be harvested this summer – that’s approximately 337 billion peas - by around 700 British pea growers. The UK is the largest producer and consumer of frozen peas in Europe, and the annual pea harvest season lasts just six to eight-weeks.
Visitors to the pop-up pea café were be able to enjoy pea-based delicacies such as Pea, Mint and Honey Ice Cream, Pea and Aubergine Curry, Peas-on-Toast and a scrumptious Pea, Cucumber and Apple smoothie, all cooked up by TV chef and Yes Peas! campaign ambassador, Rachel Green. Farmers were on hand to share their passion for peas, answer questions and encourage the nation to put more peas on the menu.
Rachel Green, TV chef and ambassador for Yes Peas! commented: “I jumped at the chance to be part of the country’s first pea-dedicated restaurant. The Great British Pea is a thing of beauty - versatile, delicious, healthy and easy to prepare. The pea harvest season is just a few short weeks and our farmers work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week harvesting, shelling and transporting the peas from field to frozen as quickly as possible – usually in just 150 minutes. That means we’re lucky enough to be able to enjoy that locked in freshness all year round.
“The pop-up pea cafe aims to inspire people to take a fresh look at peas, and think about how they can incorporate them more into their meal plans. It’s also a great opportunity to champion the dedication of the farmers, and bring a piece of the harvest into the heart of the capital city. Having grown up on a farm, it’s definitely a sight to behold!”