Social enterprise cook school opens latest café in new development

A West Lothian social enterprise has opened its latest base at the centre of a new community.

The Larder, Livingston’s ground-breaking cook school, has opened its latest café premises in the Calderwood near East Calder.

The Larder Cook School employs professional chefs and aims to encourage and support young people to learn to cook, both to develop their own skills and to encourage them into jobs in the hospitality industry.

Dunfermline-based developer Stirling Developments have designed Calderwood as a new village with the Calderwood Larder café concept specifically in mind, the first of a number of commercial enterprises to be introduced.

As the village grows, further community facilities will be delivered including shops, businesses and a new primary school.

The Larder’s new café at Calderwood Square, East Calder was opened by Councillor Dave King.

Angela Moohan, founder and manager of The Larder, said: “The Larder is delighted to be opening our latest café concept at Calderwood, where we hope to combine new opportunities for young people with a welcoming café for new owners on the estate.

“Every community needs a heart, and we would hope The Larder at Calderwood could become the heart of this new community.”

Peter Stirling, managing director of Stirling Developments, said: “A community like Calderwood needs social facilities as well as new housing.

“We are delighted to welcome The Larder Cook School and are pleased to acknowledge that this fantastic new asset would not have been possible without the support and accumulative efforts of a wide number of parties.”