In January 2009 The Leeds Guide held their annual Take-Away Awards. They picked six of their favourites from accross the city and pitted them against each other to determine Leeds best take-away. Guess who won….!
Leeds Guide, Wed 21 Jan-Thu 5 Feb 2009:
Having recently opened a big new store on Vicar Lane, Millies Fresh & Organic are one of Leeds’ foremost providers of, surprisingly enough, fresh, organic and locally sourced foods. Their shelves are stacked with health foods, herbal teas, and they even have a therapy room. We’re not interested in that though. What we were loving was their takeaway sandwiches, cakes, soups and buns. It might not be your traditional takeaway, but swear you can actually feel some of that stuff doing you good. They were kind enough to send over a variety of sandwiches (including their New Yorker – steak, cheese and onions – which has become an office staple ever since) a few cakes and even some pumpkin soup.
Our Favourite Dish
Their pork, turkey and stuffing pie. At least two of our judges agreed that it was “the best thing they had ever put in their mouth”. High praise indeed.
Topping our poll (probably thanks to that aforementioned pork pie) was Millies and their sandwich, pie, soup and cake combo. A healthier alternative to take-aways, and thoroughly tasty to boot. We spoke to owner Geoff about his victory.
How do you feel about winning?
I’m delighted! We’re a family business, very much driven by customer service, and want to provide the best of everything – every product we use is the best we can find: meat from our local farmers, bread from our local bakers, and so on.
Why should we go organic?
Organic, locally-sourced food is the way of the future. We’re about helping to save the environment, supporting local businesses and providing a means for people to buy affordable, healthier, tastier food.
Why do you think your company won?
Fresh, organic food tastes better. We cooked the meat that we served in the takeaway ourselves – everything we use in a takeaway is from our store, so you know exactly where it’s come from and that it’s good quality.
How does your business fit in with the city of Leeds as a whole?
City centres in general have suffered a decline in independent food stores. We wanted to provide Leeds with a store the like of which isn’t widely available in the North. Everything that we use in store is the best we can find.