HERE we are loyal to local. We buy produce from our neighbours and feature the work of local talent. We cook every dish from scratch, bake bread, make jams and chutneys and smoke our own fish. If we don't know where produce comes from we won't serve it!. Our ingredients are as fresh, local and seasonal as possible.
Our cafe is furnished with recycled, reclaimed and local materials. Our shelving comes from recycled lock gates from the Grand Union Canal. Our oak tables were made locally using oak that fell naturally in Ashridge. Our red chairs are each made from 111 recycled coco cola bottles!
Sustainability is at our heart. We don't serve bottled water but filter our own. We're passionate about responsible waste management and won't be compromising our carbon footprint for profit.
We care about our staff and aim to be a great place to work. 100% of tips go to them.
We are active members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
HERE are just some of this months favourite suppliers…
Tapwater.org HERE our water is served straight from the tap; filtered, chilled, still and sparkling, with the help of Tapwater.org. Tapwater.org is a not for profit organisation promoting the drinking of tap water in the UK. Bottled water is terrible for the environment. It costs a huge amount to produce, it has to be transported around the world and the plastic waste ends up in landfill (less than 17% ever gets recycled. The carbon footprint of bottled water is more than 500 times that of tap water.
Caravan Coffee Roasters are based in Kings Cross and believe in raising the standards of the UK specialty coffee scene. Their aim is to provide the consumer with a superior product in their cup and they’re constantly developing their seasonal espresso blends and single origin offers in line with the best crops from each season.
Green coffee beans are sourced from single farms and specialty estates as far as Ethiopia, Colombia and Rwanda (to name just a few) where the focus is quality, provenance, sustainability, freshness and fair relationships with the growers. When they find a coffee they love, Caravan take time to enhance the roast profile to bring out the best flavour characteristics.
Haresfoot Brewery is a local farm,school and park within Berkhamsted. The Brewery adopted the name to reflect their passion to produce craft beers for the local community and beyond.
Joe’s Tea Co. in Bethnal Green was born in 2012 and Joe’s sought after organic blends have since won 20 Great Taste Awards. Any tea Joe was going to put his name to had to be the best. And by ‘best’ we mean sourced from the most exceptional and ethical organic tea plantations he could find. Joe’s passion for the finest cuppa begins on small organic tea plantations nestled high up in the misty hills of Dyatalawa, Sri Lanka. This is where Joe sources all his tea because, unlike other tea blends, a cup of Joe’s tea is brewed up with 100% organic Ceylon loose tea leaves – for the most outstanding, pure and fresh flavour possible.