Croft and City is a food project created by Janet Mackechnie, originally from the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and now based in London.
Tiree is made up of crofts, small agricultural landholdings unique to the highlands and islands of Scotland, and has been an active crofting community for centuries. Janet’s family have been crofters on the island for generations, but she took a different path in life, eventually leading to a career in marketing in London.
A food obsessive from an early age, 12 precisely, when vegetarianism led to experiments in the kitchen, Janet has always sought out opportunities to cook and be around good food. But it was moving to London in 2006 that saw that passion take off: awed by the city’s farmers markets and daring new restaurants her eyes were opened to different cooking styles and approaches.
After honing her skills at cooking courses, and through stints at some of London’s most exciting pop ups, she saw that food and cooking could be a means to bring together all that she loved about growing up and cooking on Tiree with all that she had come to experience in London. And so Croft and City was born.
Launched in late 2016, Croft and City focuses on intimate supper clubs, events and collaborations which celebrate ingredients and recipes from Tiree and the Hebrides, but is also heavily influenced by European and international cuisines.
At the core of Croft and City’s approach is cooking that follows the natural rhythms of the seasons - just like crofting life does back on Tiree – and the joy of simple, delicious food.
We like nothing more than working with people who share our values and passions. If you’d like to team up with Croft and City please drop us a note via email.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey!
For updates on new recipes, Tiree and (occasionally) horses follow Janet on Instagram @JanetJam
Upcoming Croft and City Events
Summer Supper Club, London
Hackney Downs, East London, 29th June
Our next seasonal supper club will take place in London, late June. Expect the best that summer has to offer from vibrant green broad beans to fizzing pink rhubarb, served up in a four course feast and with a welcome cocktail. Stay tuned for menu details and how to book.
Autumn Hebridean Pop Up, Isle of Tiree
Hynish Centre, Isle of Tiree, 20th & 21st September
We’re thrilled to be going back to Tiree this autumn for a magical weekend of supper clubs bringing together Tiree’s amazing food producers and exciting guest chefs from around the UK. We can’t wait to reveal our very special collaborators soon.