Luis Viega is our ‘supermo assitente chefe’ (or supreme assistant chef). The Portuguese native joins the Yurt kitchen team with an impressive 8 years of experience in commercial kitchens behind him. Having worked in massive brand restaurant chains such as Carluccio’s and Bill’s, as well as the, former high-end, Café Villandry based in Bicester Village, there’s no doubt he knows great tasting food. Luis knowledge and ability to come in and help produce great, simple and surprising food means is he is an indispensable addition to our growing team.
Our master baker, sous chef and everyone’s adopted work mum, Penny has been working in commercial kitchens all around Oxfordshire for the past 9 Years.
Felix and Amy are the Yurts freshest and finest full-time Yurt Assistants. Amy joins, not only the Yurt team but also the wider Nicholsons family as an assistant to our director Liz Nicholson. Felix joins the team with the aim of creating some of the best coffee and service produced in the Yurt. Both currently are taking a breather from studying to gain some real-world experience, with plans to get away and see different parts of the world. Hard working, friendly and professional is the best way to describe these two.
Ashley is our newest addition to the Yurt Team, coming to us with a background in hospitality management, and lot’s of knowledge to help make the Yurt bigger, better and more of an experience for all our customers. Before joining us, Ashley was working his way up the ranks at a local, highly rated pub called The Falcon. Here, he covered a wide range of hospitality roles and quickly learnt what it takes to work effectively and lead a team in this environment. We are very excited to have Ashley as our new Assistant Manager and look forward to seeing his impact on The Yurt. Read his Q&A here…
Rob Gregory is our Front of House Manager. In recent years, he has run a variety of organisations and start-ups from local cafes to Michelin Guide Restaurants.
We change The Yurt menu all the time. In fact, if you come for lunch on Monday, it may well be different by breakfast on Tuesday. We do this to ensure that we always use the freshest local produce, nothing gets old or becomes boring, and you get to try something completely different each time you join us.
We were recently lucky enough to receive a visit from local blogger and friend of The Yurt, Common Toff. Here is what she had to say about her visit… It has been my mission (and one I have been more than willing to take) to munch my way around Birmingham, finding yummy food spots for dinner, lunch, cocktails or for the best meal of the day: brunch. I seem to have collated a ‘Brunch in Birmingham’ collection, with my most recent post reviewing the gorgeous Gas Street Social.
We have a delicious breakfast and lunch menu. Can we tempt you with a home-made potato Rosti served with pan fried mushrooms and freshly prepared avocado with the finest poached egg perched on top? Or would you rather save yourself for one of our lunchtime plates of rare roast beef, baked red onions and potato salad with horseradish dressing? Our chef celebrates local fresh food…everything is prepared in the kitchen using herbs
The Yurt at Nicholsons is a brand new and uniquely designed café hidden away in the quiet sleepy village of North Aston. Here are 5 things you should know to plan a trip to visit us: Location: The Yurt is only a short drive from both Banbury and Oxford. With such a central location, it is a perfect meeting place for any business or social gathering.