Foodsters Assemble!
12 Mar 2021
by Kate Rink

Young entrepreneurs in Shrewsbury have bounded into the takeaway arena during lockdown – please welcome Harina and Hoké Poké to the table! Both are run by young couples bringing a splash of colour to our food scene!  

Shrewsbury hasn’t seen the like of Hoké Poké before. Owner George McCay brings his Hawaiian plant-based Poké bowls to town. They are the very definition of ‘fresh’ – a blaze of colourful tropical fruit and veg, with rice and tasty proteins (teriyaki beef, ginger & garlic tofu, honey soy-glazed salmon). Much of the healthy veg comes from Pomona Grocery on Castle Gates and George makes his own blend of marinated chillies. His personal favourite is the spicy, warming Phoenix chicken bowl, named after his partner’s cat. Everything is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly.  

George has travelled widely and worked in restaurants across the world: “I fell in love with Poké bowls working in Shoreditch and wanted to bring them to Shrewsbury,” he says.

Hoke Poke Phoenix Chicken

He makes his bowls from a specially built kitchen at home in Castlefields working with partner Katie Romney. He’s most proud of donating 5% of his takings to Shropshire Mind and using Vegware containers, mindful of his eco-footprint:  

“We launched on January 1st and are open 7 days a week. We haven’t had a proper day off since December! We saw an opportunity for takeaway in lockdown. It’s a lot of fun. Until it makes more money it’s hard work as we have to do everything ourselves, but I won’t ever regret moving to work for myself.” 

Classic bowls £7.50, special bowls £9.50 – Open every day 11am to 9pm - available via Shrewsbury Eats App: