In keeping with its eco-friendly theme, family-owned Sturmer Nurseries Garden Centre has opened a new cafe with a ‘green’ focus.
Working with local food producers and suppliers, and using Fairtrade produce, the cafe has already gathered a steady following since it opened on May 2.
Samantha Mason’s parents started the business 35 years ago, and she has run the Church Walk, Sturmer, nursery for the last eight years with her husband Robert. Earlier this year they opened a new shop with eco-friendly features.
Three new jobs have been created as a result of the Tea Room opening – taking the total nursery staff to 8.
She said: “I have two really good in-house bakers and they are making all our delicious cakes. We are specialising in cooked food with free range meat from Kedington, free range eggs and organic milk and also Fairtrade hot chocolate. We buy our bread from local bakers and where possible source from local producers.
“We are not organic, but we have tried to incorporate organic produce where possible including ice cream.”
Mrs Mason said the cafe has barista-made coffee and is featuring loose-leaf teas, which she says are making a comeback, served in a cafetiere-style teapot.
As well as homemade quiches and salads, baked potatoes, hot vegetarian bakes, cream teas and paninis being added to the menu. The Tea Room is currently doing a meal deal which includes a homemade soup and filled roll for £4.99. There is also a children’s menu.
The cafe seats 60 people, with seating for 35 inside.
“I’ve tried to stock nice presents and cards and giftware which aren’t available on the High Street or in supermarkets in Haverhill. I am hoping to attract people who love homemade, good food to come in a find something unusual,” added Mrs Mason.
There’s a play area for the children incorporating a wendy house and there are plans in the future to set up a toy cookery area for the toddlers.