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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:04

Tickety Boo

A strange name for a cafe, but a delightful setting overlooking the orchard at Harvey's Garden Plants in Thurston. Outside you can watch the chickens scratching and I like it best early in the morning for a decent coffee. Plenty of homemade cakes and baked goods are also on offer, plus some gluten free and 'free from' choices too. The salads could be a little more inspiring than quartered tomatoes and sliced, unpeeled cucumber though.

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Friday, 08 December 2017 14:49

Now we're in the Christmas spirit!

It's got a little colder and we are into December so it's time to roll out the mulled wine, and of course a cheeky cherry brandy. Why not?

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 14:31

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

October 25th and we are all set up and ready to go. The Little House of Cooking Cafe will be open every day at Blackthorpe Barn until December 22nd.

Friday, 30 June 2017 17:01

Castle on the Hill

We are loving the look of the new café at Framlingham Castle which has opened following a major revamp by English Heritage. The menu includes Suffolk Grumbly, a regional dish made with sausage meat and  a mustard and cheese sauce, and a Tudor Tarte Owte of Lent, made with ingredients you’re not allowed to eat during Lent – cheese, cream and eggs; cooked in a light pastry case. Lots of other local produce too, including Maynards juices, milk and cream from the Marybelle Dairy in Halesworth and beer from St Peter’s Brewery.

Published in Eating Out
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:49

Cradle in Sudbury

Cradle has got a real Hoxton/Shoreditch look about it and also the kind of place you could imagine finding Gwyneth or Madonna. The tiny cafe/bakery was buzzing with activity when we went for lunch last week and it's obviously quite the meeting place for the yummy mummies and the cool vegans of Sudbury. Simple and stylish, it's completely plant based with everything made from scratch on site, including nut butters and an excellent rooibos based fermented kombucha (so hipster, so refreshing).  Bread is baked on site, with house milled rye, wheat and spelt flour used in the proper crusty loaves. There's also some very tempting patisserie on display. A small blackboard menu offers an interesting and surprisingly fancy range of dishes with thankfully no fakin' bacon but just prime, fresh ingredients superbly cooked.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 09:26

Baking and Blackthorpe Barn

With the help of my amazing niece Afiya Frank (pictured) I'm in full swing with my Little House of Cooking Cafe. For those of you that don't know I get stuck in for a couple of months from the end of October until Christmas running the cafe during the Christmas Festival at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham. It's been so busy, baking madly with no time to blog and hardly time to sleep. Come and visit us if you get time, we are open from 10am until 4pm everyday up until and including 22nd December. It's not just cakes, we serve a very good Welsh Rarebit too!

Published in Pop-ups
Saturday, 14 May 2016 17:10

Wyken ...again

The Cafe never fails to impress and close enough for me to nip in for an early lunch of Cromer Crab Benedict.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 14:11

An exciting breakfast

Darsham Nurseries. The best and most interesting breakfast I have eaten for a long time. Shakshuka ... baked eggs in spiced tomato and pepper stew with feta cheese and lots of lovely fresh herbs including my favourite dill.



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Published in Restaurant foodie
Monday, 08 June 2015 16:14

Cereal Killer Cafe

On Brick Lane, of course it's complete madness, but only because you didn't think of it first - and they have jobs!

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I found Hudson and Hudson in Colchester when I parked in Williams and Griffin car park and walked through to North Hill.  In the most surprising location(although I admit to not knowing Colchester very well, so it might be a prime location)you can actually walk through it, in one door and out of the other, if you are not superstitious. The in house chefs prepare everything that is on the deli counter and on the menu. I had eaten a full English breakfast before I discovered it so I decided on a coffee and a takeaway pork pie and black pudding scotch egg. They were both really good. But I wished I had bought a fish cake too.  The deli is licensed and stocks all locally produced food and larder items.



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