Kay Canter who, with her husband David, started the vegetarian restaurant
ball rolling with their restaurant Cranks in Carnaby Street in the 60s, has
died in Totnes, Devon at the age of 85.
Her obituary in one of our local papers says that she used to make wholemeal
bread in her kitchen in the country and then travel up to London, clutching
the loaves destined for their restaurant. Cranks in Carnaby Street started
before that road achieved its famous heights and their restaurant was
patronised by pop stars, including the Beatles.
When her husband died, she moved to Devon where her daughter lives and there
is a Cranks restaurant at Dartington Cider Press.
She used to come here from time to time and lived in this village before she
moved to Totnes and she was always unfailingly charming and a delight to
talk to. When my husband first met her, the person introducing them said
"this is Mr Hubbard who raises pinks" (as he did then) and she thought she'd
heard "pigs". Ray says there was a bit of a stormy interlude until they
sorted that one out!
It's amazing to think that their food philosophy was considered to be so
'strange' that the restaurant was called Cranks, whereas now, so many people
embrace the vegetarian and organic beliefs they pioneered in their own way.
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