So, this is me… Neha Hampton (née Patel), first generation born in the UK to Gujarati parents. I live in a beautiful home surrounded by the glorious West Sussex countryside with my beautiful little family.

I spent the majority of my adult life ‘making a living’ and in 2018 I decided to take the plunge and make a life doing the things that I love. This project was born from a desire to live well. I have a passion for food, yoga, travel and music and combining these things allows me to indulge, to nurture, to bring joy & to care… living well isn’t about rules or boundaries, there are enough of those. For me, it’s about equilibrium, it’s about finding your own balance.

My creativity comes from many places, from a traditional Gujarati upbringing, from significant life experiences, from my travels, from the people I was born to and from those that I choose. This all leads to a strong desire to celebrate being part of a global community, to show gratitude for the life that I have been blessed with and what better way to do that than to eat well, practice yoga and travel.

In recent times, I became the proud founder of Pestle, currently managing brand design, product development, research, marketing, sales, accounts, production, quality & distribution – a true small independent business owner!

Pestle was born in the times of Covid-19 – when ‘normal’ life came to a grinding halt. The need to pivot came quickly and after a few weeks of disarray I turned a hobby of making pastes into a small business to continue to connect with people and share my love for food. For me this journey is about much more than food… I’m a story teller, a truth seeker, I’m curious and I’m disruptive. Pestle represents a change in the tides, a change where people want to feel a more authentic connection to the world around them.

This song is so moving and reminds me to pick myself up & keep moving forward towards better things. If you haven’t heard of him, check out Nitin Sawhney who has unknowingly created the soundtrack to my little life.