Tucked away in the heart of the city of Oxford is a collection of fine food establishments run by what could be called the city’s food aristocrats – the Pouget family.
Entrepreneur Will Pouget is the dynamo behind The Vaults and Garden Café, located under the dreaming spire of St Mary’s Church between the high Street and Radcliffe Square. The Vaults’ garden faces the Radcliffe Camera in one of the best-known and most photographed parts of Oxford, but the café still remains a relative secret from the thousands of tourists who flock to the city each year. Will’s food pedigree couldn’t be finer, since his father is Baron Robert Pouget de St Victor, the man behind Oxford Blue cheese, which was created and introduced to the nation in 1995; Will’s brother Harley produces Oxford Isis cheese, sold through the Oxford Cheese Company.
Not content with pleasuring fromage-o-philes, the family also runs vaious businesses: an organic takeaway and restaurant – The Alpha Bar – in Oxford’s famed Covered Market; an unusually healthy burger and salad trailer that trades near the Ashmolean Museus (6.30pm – 3am) Thursday-Saturday); Woodstock Road Delicatessen; and the Oxford Provender Company, which produces another of Baron Pouget’s essentials – Original Oxford Sauce