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Success for hosting at home business

A Shropshire business that creates hosting solution boxes has expanded its premises, taken on new staff, and acquired a local hamper business.

The Host’s Pantry is run by local couple Jessica Beardmore and Scott Woodland. They offer a stress-free solution to hosting at home by curating recipes and sourcing the premium produce and ingredients needed, delivering everything in one neat package straight to their customers’ doors.

The business has expanded its premises in Marchamley Wood, north of Shrewsbury, and taken on a new staff member and external marketing team. The business has also bought the Shropshire Hamper Company, allowing them to grow their gift offering to include hampers filled with locally-produced ambient food and drink.

It took a few years for the business to get off the ground. Aged 18, Scott made an impromptu decision to hop on a train to London where he built a career in hospitality, eventually managing restaurants in the capital, which began his obsession with food, wine, and recipes.

Soon an idea for a new business was born, to elevate the everyday recipe box into a luxury option to make hosting at home simple. They would provide a collection of carefully crafted recipes tailored to entertaining, and quality ingredients steeped in provenance. 

As Scott and Jessica were both working long hours in full time jobs, the idea remained just that. But years later, the pandemic gave them the space to turn the idea in to reality.

In 2020 a friend designed a logo, so to say thank you, they put together their first recipe box. The recipients loved the box, and shared the result with friends, who ordered boxes too, and the business grew from there.

“Although the idea for The Host’s Pantry has been bubbling under the surface for years, it’s only now that it feels we are in full swing with orders for our hosting at home boxes flying off the shelves,” said Jessica.