Illness inspires Rushden builder to set up mobile cafe

Rushden man Mark Britchford has started a mobile catering service
Rushden man Mark Britchford has started a mobile catering service

A man whose epilepsy forced him to give up his career as a builder has started a new business – in charge of his own mobile cafe.

Mark Britchford, 32, of Rushden, serves up a variety of meals from his Fill Your Britches cafe, including his speciality, jacket potatoes with fillings including baked beans and chilli con carne.

He said: “Jacket potatoes are a winner, especially with winter coming up.”

He said he has always enjoyed cooking, and being forced to quit his job as a builder gave him an opportunity to turn his hand to it.

He also serves up hot food such as burgers, hot dogs and fish and chips from his van.

And after launching his business on Monday, October 8, Mark says he has been pleased with the response he has received from customers.

He said: “It’s been brilliant. I have got quite good feedback from various people.”

The winter will be tougher for mobile cafes like Mark’s, with fewer events to set up his stall at. But he has 12 car boot sales arranged for next year, and has also set up his business at a campsite in Little Staughton, Bedfordshire.

Mark said he hoped to expand his business in the new year by attending more events and also offering a hog roast.

He said: “I’ve got a marquee, 20 feet by 10 feet, next to my van. I’m trying to get to events like steam rallies, where people need to eat once they’re in.”

Mark was helped by the Government’s work programme and public service provider A4e.