Michelham Priory’s Cafe has recently re-opened with a new Manager, new decor and a new philosophy on supporting local businesses throughout Sussex.
Catering Manager James Cocklin, previously of Ridgeway’s in Eastbourne, has re-vamped the cafe menu with a focus on high quality local produce. “Our milk and ice cream comes from Downsview Farm near Uckfield, the bread from Albion House bakery in Cross-in-Hand, Quiches and Scones from Chef’s Pantry in East Hoathly and the pies and cakes from other local producers. It is so important at a heritage site like ours to maintain the traditional values of sourcing food, and the feedback so far is that the quality is outstanding.”
As the menu progresses, James is expecting to increase the number of suppliers to include local juice, beer and meat producers. “It’s really good to be working with a local business and supporting each other. We’re really looking forward to working together in the future” said Sarah Farnes of Downsview Farm.
All the suppliers of the cafe have been invited to attend the upcoming Food & Garden Fair, to be held on the 19th and 20th May at Michelham Priory where visitors will be able to sample and buy produce from businesses throughout the region. There will also be garden stalls, demonstrations and activities in the house for children.