Spalding market potato couple to take over Sage

Phil and Sarah Prudham.
Phil and Sarah Prudham.

Their legion of fans need have no fear – Potato Tuesdays are going to continue in Spalding.

However, Phil and Sarah Prudham, who have built up a large following at their The Lincolnshire Oven baked potato stall on Tuesday’s market, are also moving into permanent premises.

The popular couple are taking over the old Sage Restaurant in Boston College’s Red Lion Quarter in Spalding and opening a cafe, bar and restaurant called The Pantry and The Parlour.

From Good Friday they will be running a help yourself salad bar, hot buffet and baguettes and drinks takeaway called The Pantry – dine-in options are also available.

In the courtyard immediately outside the cafe door, they will also have a potato oven serving jacket potatoes – Sarah says prices and fillings are the same as on the market stall.

They will be serving food at The Pantry from Monday to Saturday (11am to 2.30pm).

The couple are also going to continue serving loyal customers at their market stall on Tuesdays.

Phil and Sarah are also going to offer classic pub and Spanish tapas menus in the restaurant on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, along with a wine bar and cocktails, from 11am to 10pm.

The pair, from Derbyshire, started selling potatoes in Spalding after moving to the town following redundancy for Sarah, a social worker, and Phil, who worked in IT.

The business took off so well they have been looking for a small shop for around a year, but were attracted by the “amazing facilities” at the Boston College restaurant.

Sarah said: “Everything is made from scratch so we know everything that is in there, which is helpful for people with allergies and dietary needs, and all the meat comes from George Adams & Sons.”