The Tansy’s Pantry story in Ollie’s own words…
Many years ago in the mid 1990s, before Jaime and I got together, I lived on the road in a Mercedes 809 racing car transporter. She was called Tansy because of her registration plate, which was ‘TAN51OY’. I had this lorry for fourteen years and amongst friends and family she was well known and loved as Tansy truck.
One year I was parked up in the campsite of the Big Green Gathering, and it occurred to me that I was surrounded by people and I had my kitchen with me. A quick run to the supermarket and a sign later I was open for business selling veggie breakfasts and coffee for a few hours each morning. Things went really well and I actually came away from the festival with more money than I’d arrived with, which was a first for me.
I did this sort of unofficial cafe a few times at parties and festivals, but it was very limited by my skills in the kitchen. Things really stepped up a gear when Jaime and I got together. She is passionate about cooking healthy tasty food and could actually handle cooking ‘en masse’. It wasn’t long before we’d moved into a house together and Tansy truck was stripped out and rebuilt into a proper cafe. We ran this cafe successfully for a few years but knew we could build something better. Something that would stand out more and have a permanent dining area for customers to really enjoy their food and watch the world go by from. The double decker bus cafe dream was born!
It took two years of searching for this vehicle before finding the right bus, a 1971 Daimler Fleetline in great condition and not too far away from us. We went to view it and knew straight away that she was the one. You can see her transformation in the ‘Renovation’ section of this site.