The couple who created the hugely popular and successful Ribizli Café in Wallingford are keen to embark on a new adventure and take their passion for fresh food and sustainable living to the next level.
Throw in a desire to rescue abandoned and neglected animals – a long-held dream for Timi Megyeri and Malcolm Hett – and 2021 could be the year this becomes a reality.
The couple created the vibrant and inspiring Ribizli Café in Wallingford four years ago, specialising in gluten-free and vegan food while using their passion for vegan recipes to inspire the local community.
the couple plan to buy a smallholding with enough land to enable them to live sustainably and offer a home to abandoned and neglected animals
But the couple are now keen to move onto pastures new and have put their beloved cafe up for sale.
Timi said: “When we started Ribizli Café it was built on a passion to change people’s perceptions about vegan food and encourage them to reduce animal sourced food.
“We created a lovely little community at the café which really surprised me as we were in an area where people loved their meat and dairy produce!”
Ribizli’s held a series of pop-up dinner evenings and created innovative vegan and gluten free menus to showcase how delicious a plant-based diet can really be, which went down a storm with local diners. READ ABOUT IT HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/tickets-for-timea-megyeris-six-course-tasting-menu-at-ribizli-are-selling-fast-the-question-is-will-you-notice-its-all-plant-based/
However, the couple now have plans to move out of Oxfordshire and buy a smallholding with enough land to enable them to live sustainably and offer a home to abandoned and neglected animals. There are even hints that they might run retreats and workshops too.
Timi explains: “People were very supportive and the café has been a huge success but now we want to hand it over to someone new. We are hoping to move somewhere quite remote to start our small holding.”
Ideally the couple would love someone to take the business on as a going concern
Until it is sold, Timi will continue to work as a personal chef creating food for people who have specific intolerances and dietary requirements.
The café has been for sale since October and ideally the couple would love someone to take the business on as a going concern.
Malcolm explained: “We know that our local, loyal customers would love to see the café carry on and we really hope that will happen because it is an important part of the community.
“It is a ready made business and a great opportunity for someone, we would be happy to help support the new owners to help them get up and running.”
The café needs to be handed over by March, but lockdown restrictions have hampered plans. Timi said: “If someone wanted to take it on now it would still be a couple of months before they could re-open which would give them plenty of time to learn how to do everything. We will be sad to leave but we are excited about our next plans.
“We have been looking for a smallholding for a long time and will probably move to Wales or the Welsh borders.
“It is important for us to minimalise what we own and concentrate on our quality of life by growing our own healthy and delicious food and being sustainable. We want our new business to create food that is as nutritious as possible as well as rescuing animals. In the future we might look at running retreats and workshops, it all depends where we end up!”
Go to https://www.ribizli.co.uk for more details.