A new taste of African cuisine opens in Gloucester

A brand new food and drink venue has opened in Gloucester serving African cuisine from Nigeria.

Maggie Everitt is the owner behind Ma's African Kitchen on Barton Street in the city, where she was joined by the Mayor of Gloucester Cllr Kathy Williams, the mock mayor of Barton Jon Eeles, the town crier Alan Myatt, Pastor Stuart Clarke from Brunswick Baptist Church and Pastor Joseph Onakoya to bless the new venue.

Describing it as exciting, Maggie says this is a vision she has had to open her own venue 18 years in the making.

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She said: "I still can't believe this is happening and seeing this is just amazing, Maggie said. I've always wanted to be on Barton Street because I know a lot of members of the African community here come for their food. Each time I've been here I've always wanted this spot."

The opening on Barton Street underpins the celebration of multiculturalism in Gloucester as Maggie says "this feels like a home away from home and we're an inclusive city. We will be offering traditional Nigerian meals. Some are mild and spicy meals, an explosion of flavours, delicious food, halal meat and it's something you just have to try."

Maggie and David Everitt are delighted to see the opening of Ma's African Kitchen on Barton Street.
Maggie and David Everitt are delighted to see the opening of Ma's African Kitchen on Barton Street. -Credit:Will Luker

As the first specialised Nigerian food venue in Gloucester, it is something different as David Everitt, Maggie's husband says. Married for 11 years and delighted to be serving the community, David said: "This has taken a lot of hard work but we're here and we're thrilled to bits."

Lots of people turned up and with a reason David adds: "We've had so many people asking when are we opening and this cafe is for everyone. It is important that we all get on with each other. Maggie has had so much vision and the help from the community plus their excitement has been very good."