This month’s Wayfairer Hero and a new tea comes to the Bistro!
We celebrate one of our most faithful producers and look to get all Garden Force on our back yard…
Extending the al fresco dining area
The Summer’s now in full swing and with the Bistro now benefiting from more custom than ever we’ve managed to scrape together the money to start making some structural changes to the building.
Since we opened the place we’ve always wanted to make use of the yard are out back – unfortunately it had been treated as a dumping yard by the previous tenants for decades, so it had to proved to be too much of a job for us to handle early on. Now, with more man power and funds than ever before, we’ve been able to get the junk moved and get a good look at the space that we have at our disposal.
This week we had a local engineering team with their survey equipment to take a look at what we can feasibly do with the space. Although the initial plan of simply extending the dining area had to be scrapped, we were glad to find out that we’d be able to construct a decent decking area that would be able to serve the same purpose during the busy summer months. This kind of work can be completed without planning permission which means that we can get started right away!
Celebrating Jackie Tomlinsson: Our wonderful veg grower
From day one, Jackie has been supporting us with our mission to create a restaurant that is ethically responsible in as many ways as possible. Since 1995, Jackie has been cultivating some of the area’s best organic produce including heritage potatoes, award-winning kale and purple sprouting broccoli. Although Jax was disappointed to hear that we weren’t going to be serving exclusively vegan food, she soon warmed to the idea of what we were doing and has been supplying with her delicious veggies ever since.
Despite reaching the grand age of 70 last year, our Jackie remains the sole manager of her land and has become known far and wide as the only completely vegan farmer in the county. We’re proud to have her as one of our suppliers and hope we are cooking with her fantastic veggies for a long time to come!
Now stocking: Clipper Fairtrade Tea
Widely known in the Fairtrade community as the go-to tea for any ethical eater, Clipper Tea was the first Fairtrade certified tea and is the most popular brand of its kind in the UK. Since 1994 Clipper have worked with tea producers all over the world to ensure that they deliver a product that is not only of a high standard, but also puts the interests of the growers first. Tea farmers in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi receive $0.50 for every kilo of tea that they sell in addition to Premiums which help their communities invest in education, healthcare and other social projects.
Feel free to ask any of our staff about the provenance of any our items on the menu and they’ll be happy to tell you where the ingredients came from and how they worked their way to your plate!