A few years ago, writer Jemma Foster took on a 42ft narrowboat in a poor state of repair and christened it Xanadu after the stately-pleasure dome of Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan. 

 The interior was redesigned using predominantly salvaged pieces, in keeping with the boat's original creation from recycled cargo containers in the 1980s. The result was a church pew for a work surface, a writing desk as a cutlery draw and cups dangling from ski poles & deer antlers. An untrained but instinctual cook, Jemma invited friends for dinner to sit on folding cinema seats around a converted ironing board and Mama Xanadu was born.

Since then, Jemma has been deepening her exploration into plant medicine & anthropology, using food as a medium for telling stories.


We are conscious about where we source our ingredients and promote primarily plant-based, ethical eating that is sympathetic to the environment and supports non-toxic farming and local initiatives.

Our research has led us to producers that use traditional methods, work with biodynamic principles and understand the need to shift from sustainable to regenerative agriculture. 

Better Health Bakery


Growing Communities


John the Poacher

Ripple Farm Organics

Wild Country Organics

Free Harvest


Mushroom Table

Barnes & Webb

58 Gin

Pressure Drop


If you would like to get in touch please email hello@mamaxanadu.com or use the form below:

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