Upon visiting a selection of Hull’s local independent cafe’s which serve home made soup, we also asked them a few questions about their lovely businesses, how they ended up running their own cafe’s, and what kind of produce they tend to opt for in their menus.
Q: Why did you want to open your own café?
A: I used to be a private chef and I’ve run my own sandwich shop in the past, and a cake stall in Humber street. I was actually offered this café.
Q: What are some products that your customers seem to keep coming back for?
A: Vegan cakes are the favourites. We have different loaf fruit cakes such as mixed berry and orange, apple and mango, and blueberry and melon. To substitute the eggs, I use oil and the juice of a fruit in the cake, such as orange juice.
Q: Do you use seasonal produce?
A: Yes, I buy my produce from anywhere but usually visit the local greengrocers. People sometimes bring things in for me too – one of our employees has an allotment.
Q: Which allotment is this?
A: Newland Avenue allotment.
Q: Do you use free range eggs and red tractor meat?
A: I buy all my meat from the local butchers and use free range eggs. I also offer plant-based breakfasts.
Q: Do you have an interest in sustainability, such as with regards to tackling food waste?
A: We always make our food in small amounts so we have no issue with food waste.
Q: Would you be interested in talking tables? (An initiative to get people in the community talking and reduce loneliness)
A: I find that often people don’t talk to each other anymore, so I would.
Visit Cactus Cafe at 95 Princes Ave, Hull HU5 3QP.