Serving up that Southern Good Good since 2014
Southern Food in the UK gets a raw deal. It’s all big-mommas Mac ’n’ Cheese and Po’Boys on brioche buns. When returning back from living in the USA in 2013, founder Tom Browne set out to do something about it, and cook food for homesick Southerners, missing a taste of the real American South that he’d come to know and love. With a mission not to cook the same old tired staples - and to bring some of the hospitality that the South is famous for to hungry Londoners, Decatur was born - and boy has it been a ride since.
It's been a journey
In eight years since we started - there have been sell-out pop ups, award winning dishes, stolen vans and pandemic struck restaurants. But in 2020, Decatur returned to peoples tables with acclaimed meal-kits delivered nationwide. With a renewed energy, a pocket full of Shrimp Boilin’ spices and a cold beer in hand - Decatur is here to look after Southern Food right, here in the UK.
We're currently on the search for our forever home - a restaurant to call our own! But for now we're popping up all around London and the UK - including at our production kitchen/railway arch in East London (E10).
If you're wondering who's behind Decatur - thats us, looking daft outside the Old Point bar in Algiers Point.
Tom first visited New Orleans after touring with Punk bands in the late 2000's. After moving to New York for an old job, his passion for Southern Cooking and hospitality was ignited by regular trips to visit friends in and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Upon moving back to the UK, he quit his job to bring real Southern Food to the people of the UK.
Callum joined the Decatur team in 2020, after meeting Tom while cooking Kent's best gumbo. A huge New Orleansophile, Callums ties to the crescent city run deep. An integral part of the Decatur team, Callum is the man who looks after kits flying around the country each and every week.