Customer Spotlight: The Warren
• Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Deri Reed, aka The EthicalChef, Winner of the 2016 Best Street Food in Wales and I have just opened a restaurant in South Wales called The Warren, serving simple, honest and wholesome food.
• What were you doing before?
I’ve been a chef for over 10 years working all over the UK and Ireland. I’ve dabbled in a bit of growing vegetables and caring for people with learning difficulties but it has always been food that I have come back to.
• How did the idea for ‘The Warren’ come about?
I have always wanted to bring what I had learnt from my travels back to my home town of Carmarthen and when I found this building it had everything I needed in it to fulfil my goals that I want to achieve in this industry.
• We’ve seen your Crowdfunding page – how have you found that’s helped you and your vision?
Crowdfunder has been a fantastic way for us to share our dream with others and allow them to get involved by supporting us before we open for business. We have had an unbelievable amount of support from near and far and raised over £20,000 in just over 50 days!
We’re growing our own vegetables on our roof for a start – you need to see it to get the full effect of what we are trying to achieve.
• Who else is involved with the venue?
My good friend Steffan Lemke Elms who is a serial social entrepreneur like myself. He’s growing all our salads and herbs on our rooftop alongside his other passions to save planet earth!
• What’s your most proudest achievement so far?
Quite possible eating the first crop off our rooftop, second to that seeing the SUMA lorry park outside for the first time!
• Any hurdles?
Many hurdles but fortunately I have wonderful people around me who help me over them!
• Future plans?
Our main priority is that we want to be able to do as much as we can on-site, from composting our food waste to growing as much of our own food as possible. If we lead by example, maybe others might be inspired to do similar things, ultimately supporting our local community more.
The Warren Restaurant. 11 Mansel St, Carmarthen
Enquiries@warrenmanselst.co.uk 01267 236079