Friday, 4 July 2014


The most wonderful pop-up has just opened in the deepest wilds of Wiltshire near Royal Wootton Bassett. The popular online journal The Foodie Bugle, brainchild of the enchanting Silvana de Soissons has come to life and has spilled out from its virtual home online to the most perfect real-life setting in the form of a pop-up shop and cafe at Silvana's gorgeous country home. 

The shop sells kitchenalia, vintage and home goods and is housed in a large shed. It is a tardis with shelves packed with gorgeous displays of handpicked items for sale. Each item I admired, John Paul (Silvana's husband) told me about its provenance with great passion.

Next to the shed is the garden department housed in the most gorgeous old granary, tools line the walls and seeds are displayed in handmade trugs, while the whole building rests on staddle stones. 

We perused the shop for ages, adding two Victorian school blackboards to our basket, as well as a bottle brush and memo pad made from old ledger paper. 

Then our lovely friend Sas arrived to join us for lunch and a gossip in the pop-up cafe in Silvana's enormous kitchen. Everything is home cooked and we feasted on Pappa al pomodoro (an Italian tomato soup) with hot rolls straight out of the oven that the two year old loved, summer beans with roasted almonds, goats cheese, brie and garden herb pesto and lamb shanks slow cooked with shallots that was melt-in-the-mouth delicious.

Silvana is the most amazing chef and it is an absolute joy to eat in her gorgeous kitchen and watch her cook. Her Italian heritage and warm and friendly manner makes her the most entertaining hostess, although she is as meticulous in serving you as any fine restaurant. In fact this is how shopping should be done, in a leisurely manner, where you talk to the shop keeper and learn more about the products that you are buying.

The food is beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks, the summer bean salad with goats cheese and edible flowers was just amazing.

The sweets were just as delicious; an orange, thyme and rosewater cake, served with goosberries and biscotti, and some of the most delicious meringues I've ever tasted.

Around Silvana's home are more gorgeous displays of jelly moulds, vintage crockery, blankets and linen, earthenware bottles and vintage glassware, all for sale. We finished our meal with coffee served in Coronation cups from 1953!

The shop and cafe are open Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm, you need to book lunch in advance. The menu is simple and seasonal Italian/English food and is priced at £5/course, with a full range of drinks too. The gorgeous venue is worth the drive to visit and is only 10 minutes from M4, you will easily while away an afternoon over a leisurely lunch and a browse in the shop.

If you don't live near enough to visit The Foodie Bugle has an online shop.


  1. I want to go back! Loved seeing you and meeting John & Silvana - what a hoot to have lunch in 1953 :)

  2. Oh my goodness! It just looks like all my favourite things, favourite food, shopping and styling! I just wish I was nearer!

  3. Oh dear, I slightly want everything in that shed (shop)...

  4. Ooh I didn't know about this! Guess where I'm going on Saturday while son is at golf lesdon in Bassett ;-)

  5. I love the look of that place, want everything in your photographs and even like the colour of the doors.

  6. Gosh, now this I need to get to without delay! The food looks heavenly - real, authentic Italian cooking is worth a long drive to get to!

  7. i am so pleased you went there. sad i am nowhere near close enough to be able to have gone with you


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