Tansy’s Pantry is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jaime and Ollie Bennett who live in Newport on the Isle of Wight. They have been serving up vegetarian food for a number of years on the Isle of Wight festival circuit and at other local events. They were already well-known for their great food, but when their distinctive green double decker bus Tansy became part of the family, she really put them on the map. As the business has expanded, they have also begun catering at UK mainland events, most recently at Camp Bestival.
From the outset Jaime and Ollie had a very clear vision of what they wanted to achieve. In their own words…
‘We wanted to create the kind of cafe that we personally would be really excited to find at a festival. Good honest food and a good ambiance, a place to sit and enjoy the view. The idea of the double decker seemed to fit the bill as we could have our kitchen downstairs and a wonderful seating area for people to enjoy upstairs whilst having a fabulous view of whichever event we happened to be at. We searched for two years to find the right bus and when we found her we knew she was the one. She’s a 1971 Daimler Fleetline, Roe bodied with a Gardner engine. We brought her back to the Isle of Wight in September 2012 and proceeded to turn her into Tansy’s Pantry. After nine months of designing, building and hard graft, the transformation was completed just in time for the Isle of Wight festival in 2013. We did the majority of the work ourselves, Ollie being a carpenter had no problems designing and building the new cafe. We also used local tradesmen to do the jobs that we couldn’t, like the gas and electrical installations and the stainless steel work tops.’
Jaime and Ollie have documented the process of renovating Tansy. You can see the photo gallery in the renovation section of this site.