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Urban Larder

9, The Broadway, Mill Road, CB1 3AH,

+44 (0)1223 212462


It’s true to say that both sides of Mill Road bridge are well-served for places to satisfy your coffee fix. On the Romsey side (recently described as ‘one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Britain’), there is however, one particular indie establishment that’s gone that little bit further and become not just a great coffee shop, but also a real destination for visitors as well as a hub for the local community.


Owner Duncan Mason and his team have been running Urban Larder since 2015. During this time, they’ve become known as ‘the larder family’ which accurately describes the genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere created by the country-modern vibe of the interior as well as all who work there. Over the last 14 months, they’ve also proved themselves versatile – switching to takeaway-only and for a while, operating a ‘kerbside’ service through the large sash window at the front of the shop.


Going forward, the aim is to get some seating back in the shop as soon as it’s possible. Duncan says, “it’s been great to stay open in some capacity during most of lockdown and continue to see friendly faces. We really can’t thank our customers enough for the support, but we are keen to get back to some sense of normality as soon as we’re able to, and get back to being our relaxed, smiling selves.”


Longer term, Duncan remains optimistic about plans for the Larder that have had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. In the meantime, they continue to serve great coffee from Bury St Edmunds’ supplier Butterworth & Son, alongside an indulgent mix of cakes, amazing toasties on Grain Culture’s sourdough, and tasty salads. Whatever the challenges, the welcome remains warm and beneath those masks, don’t worry, the smiles are still as broad as ever.