A café serving all-local ingredients is set to support West Country food producers. This unique eatery launched in Devon last week (Thursday 9th May) serving all-local food and drink.
Regional food group Taste of the West has opened its own café in Seaton, East Devon. All the food and drink served is guaranteed to be produced locally in the South West. The café, called Taste of the West @ Seaton Jurassic, is the first of a new Taste of the West franchise that will run throughout the West Country.
“We are thrilled and delighted to be launching our new café franchise,” says Taste of the West CEO, John Sheaves. “It’s an exciting project which will showcase the very best of the region’s food and drink to customers.” The café is set within the Seaton Jurassic visitor centre in Seaton, East Devon. “This is an ideal location for us as visitors to the centre and people locally can enjoy wonderful food, knowing that all the suppliers are top-quality and based within the West Country,” says John Sheaves.
Running the first Taste of the West café franchise is catering expert Carolyn Bellinger. “I’m thrilled to be at the forefront of this new venture,” says Carolyn, who grows much of her own produce at her family farm in East Devon. “All our food producers are Taste of the West members and that really ensures that the ingredients and produce is top-quality. It’s a delight to be cooking and serving such superb ingredients.” Among the suppliers for the café is Hogs Bottom Garden Delights from Lifton, West Devon, which produces jam for the cream teas. Clotted cream is supplied by Trewithen Dairy from Lostwithiel, Cornwall and coffee is roasted in Seaton itself by The Coffee Factory.
“Many of our suppliers are very local to the café itself,” says Carolyn Bellinger. “For example, as soon as I had tried the scones from Paul’s Bakery in Seaton, I knew I wouldn’t find better anywhere. They are light, fluffy and absolutely perfect. Another small supplier is Rhona Alford from the village of Silverton who makes our fruit cakes, they are excellent.”
Devon Wildlife Trust, which runs Seaton Jurassic, is providing the stunning venue for the Taste of the West @ Seaton Jurassic café within its state-of-the-art visitor centre. “This is the perfect partnership for us,” says Richard Drysdale, Head of Visitor Centres for Devon Wildlife Trust. “We are committed to supporting local businesses and offering the very best food and drink to our visitors.” The café is open to people visiting Seaton Jurassic and also to the general public, serving breakfasts, lunches, snacks and teas. There will also be a programme of special events and evening meals.
As well as using local produce, Carolyn Bellinger is also cooking and creating much of her own menu in-house at the café itself. “My husband Paul and I rear rare breed Oxford Sandy & Black pork so all the sausages and roast pork rolls in the café will be using our own farm produce,” she explains. “We also make fruit juices from our own orchard, grow salads, fresh herbs and edible flowers.” The Taste of the West @ Seaton Jurassic café is creating additional employment locally. “We have taken on a new full-time chef and new front of house staff,” says Carolyn. “We will be cooking everything from bolognese sauce to homity pies ourselves so the kitchen will be really busy and thriving here. It’s a very exciting time.”
Taste of the West plans to roll out the café franchise throughout the South West. “If you are interested in opening a Taste of the West café in the Westcountry, then please do get in touch,” says John Sheaves.