High on my list of local places to visit is Nana’s Cafe in Elderfield Road, Clapton. Run by local women who are all over 60, the cafe was set up by Katie Harris, who has always worked with older people through the council and the NHS and wanted to improve the way they are viewed in society.
Katie wanted to make a space where everyone is welcome – regardless of age or income – and to help those who may feel isolated and lonely.
Serving up nostalgic treats and cosy comfort food from childhood, such as dippy eggs and soldiers, cottage pie, homemade soup, ‘proper’ sandwiches and freshly baked cakes, the cafe is inspired by Katie’s own nan who taught her to sew, cook, knit, and draw.
As well as traditional Nana food, Katie also has plans to celebrate the cultural diversity of the local older women, who have Indian, Caribbean and Jewish backgrounds, by creating Nana fusion food”, such as cheesy toast with spicy hot pickle.
Kaite has also collaborated with some brilliant illustrators to bring to create their first range of Nana tea towels. Each towel visualises a different old school Nana saying and proceeds support the project.