a different kind of roadside cafe and shop…

Back in 2001 Paul Thomas had an ambition to provide travelling customers with a much better experience. Having travelled thousands of miles himself, both in this country and abroad, Paul was acutely aware of how difficult it was to get good food, especially breakfasts.
Surrounded by lots of fabulous food producers in East Suffolk, he went about finding out how to provide good food from the farm to the table by the shortest possible route. He negotiated with farmer producers some of whom had not supplied direct to cafe/restaurants before. He scoured farmers markets to find unique, wholesome and tasty products and worked out how to produce ‘slow food’ fast.

Paul’s vision became a hugely successful reality with a reputation for good food and a great breakfast spreading by word of mouth the cafe was soon attracting customers both near and far. After many years at the helm, Paul decided to retire and the cafe and shop passed on to a local Suffolk family-owned company in early 2016 and is now run by Paul Elmer and Mandy Gresham. Paul and Mandy together with their dedicated and helpful staff will further develop both the cafe and shop.

The cafe menu will continue to have at its heart the wonderfully abundant local produce transformed by the kitchens into fabulous breakfasts, lunches, and afternoon teas with specials each day influenced by the seasons. The welcoming and friendly shop will continue to provide the cafe kitchens and customers with a place to buy all the fabulous locally sourced produce and products that are lovingly grown, baked, cooked and created by a vast array of dedicated suppliers for which Suffolk is rightly famous.

We hope you will come, try and taste for yourselves – we’re sure you won’t leave disappointed.