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Food


We take pride in using the best quality fresh produce from mainly local or regional suppliers.  Absolutely nothing is bought in "ready-made" - all the fillings for our sandwiches are made from scratch.  As a result, we do not need a freezer, nor do we use a microwave oven for any of our menu items.  We only use pure unsalted butter in our sandwiches and on our teacakes, crumpets etc. (sunflower spread is available on request).  The strawberry jam and marmalade we use are organic, as is all the milk.

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Our fruit scones and all our cakes are home-made and are freshly baked on the premises by Kim (and not bought in as "home-made").  They contain only natural ingredients (flour, butter, eggs, sugar and no hydrogenated fats).  Our specialty jams (rose petal or blackcurrant & apple) are award-winning and come from Dumfriesshire, Scotland and may be purchased by the jar.


We only use free-range eggs, which come from a farm in Helions Bumpstead.  We make our egg mayonnaise freshly each day using only Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise.


All our sliced bread (white, wholemeal and granary) is baked every morning by a local baker.

Our farmhouse cheddar is organic and handmade by specialist cheesemakers at Lye Cross Farm, Somerset.  It is made using non-GM rennet and is suitable for vegetarians.  Our mature cheddar (which we use in our toasted sandwiches) is also suitable for vegetarians.

We never use supermarket cooked meats.  Our ham, turkey, chicken and beef had been supplied by the same Suffolk family business for over twelve years (up until May 2016), when Bill, the owner retired.  He sold his business to a neighbouring company, Palfrey and Hall, and they now supply our beef and turkey.  Our ham is cured in the Wiltshire style by Humphreys butchers, just down the road.  All our meats have full traceability. 


All our seafood is supplied by Crystal Waters of Lowestoft (they have a stall at the market here in Saffron Walden, every Saturday).  The North Atlantic prawns are delivered fresh each week (not frozen).  The smoked salmon is Scottish and oak-smoked by our fishmonger in his own smokehouse. 

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None of the soft drinks we stock (Belvoir and Owlet) contain any artificial additives or preservatives. Consequently, we do not, as a matter of principle, offer Coca Cola or any of its derivatives.

We use only natural syrups and organic milk in our milkshakes and flavoured milk steamers.