About Lonely Lentil
Lonely Lentil began in 2019 as a pop-up shop/food stall, selling a small selection of dry foods, herbs and spices to customers through refilling their containers. We established ourselves in the local community by 'popping up' at market events and by utilising spaces in halls and within premises of other very kind and supportive businesses!
We were humbled by the overwhelmingly positive reception and encouragement we received. The local community in Newbury and Thatcham are largely very enthusiastic about the issues of climate change, the environment and reducing plastic consumption. Social media (largely Facebook) greatly helped us to promote Lonely Lentil and gain a lovely local customer base.
The 'Thatcham & Newbury plastic free, recycling & zero waste UK' Facebook group is a thriving online community of local people with a heart for promoting and encouraging the movement to making lifestyle changes to live more sustainably and less wastefully. Lonely Lentil is massively grateful for the support of this community, enabling us to launch ourselves and grow! Jenny Kirby, founder of the group and of 'Thatcham Refillable' is an inspiring lady and someone who Lonely lentil still works closely with to this day.
During our first year of trading, Lonely Lentil's product range rapidly increased! We now offer a range of over 150 products, none of which are supplied to customers in plastic! The majority of our products are dry foods, herbs and spices... but we are also super proud to sell a small selection of eco-conscious products produced by other independent businesses based in Newbury/Thatcham. Our little table-top shop became something much bigger... more or less a fully-stocked small shop! The venues who hosted us were so wonderful; Mrs B's Kitchen Cafe, The Corn Exchange Newbury, The Globe Newbury and West Berkshire Museum.
The Covid 19 crisis struck in March 2020, which forced Lonely Lentil to quickly adapt to a new way of operating. Pop-ups were no longer an option. We were determined to continue to provide our wonderful loyal customers with all the store cupboard staples they need to stay healthy, nourished and happy. Lonely Lentil quickly re-invented itself as a local delivery service... a move which was gratefully and enthusiastically received. The world remains a strange and sometimes unnerving place right now... but rest assured Lonely Lentil will do whatever we can to continue scooping!
Lonely Lentil is passionate about the morals and ethics of what it does. We work with the hope of making an impact in the local area, promoting an ethos of shopping less wastefully/more sustainably . It's about building awareness of more sustainable alternatives to plastic-wrapped groceries, becoming part of the solution.
Lonely Lentil loves collaborating with other local independent businesses! We have lots of lovely friends who we take great delight in supplying with wonderful produce. Big shout out to 'Colline's Kitchen', 'Nourish Kitchen by V', 'Mrs B's Kitchen Cafe', 'Priscilla's Kitchen' and 'The Merry Kitchen', who all use Lonely lentil products to create amazing food! We all love to support and promote one another via social media and collaborating wherever possible. This helps to support a movement towards shopping more locally. It would be wonderful to see the community change their habits in the way they shop ... rather than the convenience of a supermarket, we'd love for people to prioritise quality of produce and the more personal service that can only be achieved by their local indies! Independent businesses often have more personality, a bigger heart and uniqueness about them.. they deserve your support!
Lonely Lentil is about building a local community passionate about making the small changes that collectively will make a difference. Will you join the Lonely Lentil mission?
Being a devoted animal lover, Lydia embraces a plant-based diet, heavily reliant on the whole foods Lonely Lentil offers.
“Cooking is a real passion of mine… I love making aromatic dishes with an abundance of spices and herbs most of all”.
Lydia also loves getting creative with "veganising" traditionally meat-based dishes for her family to enjoy.
“By cleverly utilising a range of wholesome pulses, nuts, spices and grains alongside fresh veg, it’s possible to reinvent almost any meat-based recipe to be vegan and utterly delicious!”
Lydia’s involvement with a local wildlife rehabilitation charity first sparked her interest in reducing plastic consumption as much as possible.
“Seeing how discarded rubbish and climate change is affecting our precious wildlife really began opening my eyes to the crisis we face with waste.”
Lydia’s love for animals certainly keeps her busy! She is also a proud ‘mum’ to a small menagerie of rescue animals… never hesitate to chat if you too are animal-mad!
Lydia is very proud to work alongside her wonderful Mum Judy (A.K.A Mummy Lentil) in providing the community with Lonely Lentil products. This really is a true family business!