Offering sanctuary from the toils and toxins of modern diets, Filmore & Union has become somewhat of a runaway success story on York’s high street.
We chronicle the rise and rise of the healthy eatery hot on the heels of their latest addition – a new café on concourse 8 at York Railway Station.
It’s hard to believe that Filmore & Union only opened its doors in March last year. A family affair, it was setup by Adele Carnell (with a background in running wellness clinics) and her nephew, Will Pugh (who trained at the Michelin-starred Box Tree at Ilkley) in the belief that top quality food made from the best raw ingredients and prepared in the healthiest way, was all too hard to find outside of the home.
This concept of tasty and nutritionally-balanced food was welcomed with open arms, with the delicatessen/café and intimate first floor restaurant on Low Petergate an instant hit. For Adele, York seemed the obvious place to launch. As a regular visitor to the city, “it was the natural place to come and I immediately feel in love with the building” she said. With a menu free of preservatives or additives, and big on catering for intolerances, the minimalist interior of the listed building adds to the feel of culinary innocence.
In less than a year since launch, the business already employs 70 staff across sites in York, Harrogate and Wetherby, and has ambitious plans for the future.
The café at York station will trial a new Health-To-Go range, offering energising breakfasts and lunches for commuters in a hurry. The Petergate shop will soon follow suit and it’s something Filmore & Union would like to roll out across gyms, airports, and other train stations as Britain wakes up to the benefits of healthy eating. Despite this mission to fuel a healthier society, Adele cited the opportunity seen in the station originally had almost selfish intentions: “I was sick to death of having nothing to eat on my travels. I would rather have nothing to eat than something that is bad for me… one day I was coming off the train and I saw the potential in the empty unit straight away.”
Filmore & Union are also keen to explore new stockists of their retail products, which includes granola bar, pesto, chutneys, biscottis, biscuits and cakes. You can’t help but feel their new gluten-free lemon, almond and mint loaf holds a similar fate.
For now, Filmore & Union can be found at Platform 8 at York Train Station and 62a Low Petergate, open 7 days a week.