La Popote means “a small cooking pot” or colloquially “What’s Cooking”
From South Africa…
The original La Popote was opened in Durban South Africa in 1974, and over twelve years it became a successful and legendary restaurant which is still reminisced over by many, especially Victor’s classic Moules mariniere and Rack of lamb!! So with so many happy memories of that time we just had to reinvent it here in Cheshire England! Other restaurants they owned that may be remembered by South Africans in the UK are L’Artiste at the Natal Playhouse Durban, Manna House Underberg, Manna House Hilton, Le Chalet, Pietermaritzburg.
During this time in South Africa they won many, many awards and accolades. Indeed catering for dignitaries such as HRH Prince Philip and two South African Presidents.
Dutch born Victor and Scottish born Lynne moved to the Highlands of Scotland where for 9 years they ran and put on the map a small country house hotel called Minmore House. Here they won a string of prestigious awards for quality of food and hospitality. But, as they did not own the hotel they felt it was high time to find their own place so….
At the beginning of 2009 and despite recession, Cheshire beckoned. So they took the plunge, (foolhardy some might say, but life goes on) and opened a small restaurant, farm shop and coffee shop, all situated in a renovated farm steading in the pretty village of Marton, near Macclesfield.
Victor and Lynne were as absolutely passionate about the quality of food and service they offer as they ever were and utterly dedicated to their craft. Since opening in March 2009 they have been rewarded with several great reviews and an excellent reputation for offering something very special and personalised in terms of food and hospitality. Having spent half a lifetime in South Africa and with so many wonderful memories of that time, then a glorious chapter in the most beautiful part of Scotland and now with the pretty Cheshire chapter well under way they have both come to the firm conclusion that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, what the customer wants is absolutely the same; a warm welcome, consistently excellent quality of food and caring about the customer in a heartfelt way. And that is what they continue to offer in Cheshire.
They warmly invite you to come and taste the La Popote experience for yourself.