New takeaway offering diners vegan sausage rolls and other treats set to open

People in Carlton are in for a vegan treat as a new takeaway is due to open in May. The cafe, called Bella’s Afternoon Tea, will offer cakes, savouries and scones which are all 100 percent plant-based.

Owner Helen Savoury, 24, came up with the idea for the takeaway after failing to find a plant-based option. She has followed a vegan diet since last year and will be running the takeaway from her home in Carlton.

Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, she said: “I’ve always loved the idea of having a little tearoom or cafe but I have a four year old so its not practical. I might open one when she is older, though. I’m vegan so it made sense that my business would be too. I found it really hard to find places that offer a vegan afternoon tea so I thought, ‘you know what, I might as well offer it myself’.”

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She added: “I am officially open from Sunday, May 8, but I am taking bookings now for that date onwards. It will be run from my house and will be takeaway onwards. I will hopefully be able to offer deliveries soon.”

The menu was posted on social media announcing the launch of the takeaway. Customers will able choose between egg mayo and cress, ham salad, hummus and cucumber and cheese and pickle sandwiches. Savoury options include quiche pork pies, sausage rolls and cheese and biscuit boxes.

“There will be vegan adult and children favourites such as afternoon teas, sandwiches, cakes and scones. I’ll also be doing biscuit and crisp selection boxes and a cheeseboard.”

Handmade vegan brownies made by Helen Savoury
Handmade vegan brownies made by Helen Savoury

She added: “My favourite treat to make are the homemade scones. I made a batch once and ended up eating all 12 in one day. They were so delicious. The biscuit selection is another one because who doesn’t love a good biscuit?”

There will be gluten-free options along with no nuts or milk used in the items making them ideal for customers who struggle with allergies. Helen will be supplying warnings on any options that may contain gluten.

Ms Savoury doesn’t have a professional background in baking but has worked in the industry. She has registered her business and is in the process of setting up ready for her launch day in May.

Ms Savoury said: “I may not have a professional background in baking but I love doing it. I have worked in busy snack shops so I have my level 2 food hygiene certificate which means I’m aware of what goes into everything. We made a lot of afternoon teas there and it was such a lovely thing to make. I’ve just registered the business with the council so now its just a case of getting on with it.”