Fruit and Veg
BDF Fresh Produce, Newton Abbot – we order our fruit & veg through our local greengrocer Vince Aggett and his team. They have been helping us source the best locally grown vegetables and seasonal fruits for many years, as well as keeping us topped up with things like lemons that don’t grow so well in Devon! Vince is also a fellow restaurateur and runs the well know local chain of burger joints call Meat59.
Lurcombe Farm (our own farm), Bickington – part of our longer-term aspiration is to grow some of our own produce. This is equally exciting and daunting as there is much skill and time involved in growing vegetables, especially without any artificial or chemical inputs. Our own farm in Bickington has already produced apples, squash, courgettes, kale and cucumbers. In modest amounts, but it’s a start!
The Walled Garden, Bovey Tracey – a stone’s throw from the café is a stunning Victorian Walled Garden. It is a community garden run by volunteers following organic principles. The produce is shared between the members that have put in the hard graft, but if there is ever a glut, we are often lucky to be brought some treats to use up at the cafe! The Walled Garden is open to anyone to wander through between 10am and 2.30pm and we highly recommend it.
Bridgeside Blooms, Bickington – our general manager Jenny grows and supplies edible flowers to the chefs here at the café. What better way to spend your spare time than growing flowers? Calendula, violas, cornflowers and more… When in season these dainty petals decorate our desserts and add colour to our salads.
Meat & Eggs
Cox & Laflin, Bovey Tracey – Cox & Laflin are award-winning butchers who work closely with local farmers, priding themselves on a true field-to-plate service. They are just 2 minutes up the road from the café – how lucky are we? Their sausages are particularly excellent, and we also order high quality lamb, pork and beef from their capable hands.
Lurcombe Farm (our own farm), Bickington – it’s not just vegetables we are trying to contribute ourselves, we also have our own small herd of beautiful Ruby Red Cows. Lovingly looked after and left to graze on sweeping Devon pastures, we take great pride in raising these animals. The herd is small, just enough to supply the café and they benefit the rest of the farm enormously with the fertility they provide to the land.
M.C. Kelly, Copplestone – we have not found a better local supplier for poultry and game than M.C. Kelly Ltd founded in 1956 by Michael Chalice Kelly and his wife Philippa when they first started farming chicken and turkeys. Their chickens are superb and as well as supplying high quality poultry to cafes and restaurants like us, they have also created The Meat Box Company a home delivery service to supply meat direct to you.
Lathys Farm, Exeter – our eggs used to come from Laydilay 5 minutes up the road, but since their closure we have been using Lathys Farm in Poltimore. It’s a small-scale farm with charming village farm shop to boot.
Rodda’s, Redruth – simply the best Cornish Clotted Cream we have tasted. They also supply our milk too, which is equally good.
Langage Farm, Plymouth – ludicrously creamy ice cream from a carbon neutral farm right here in the Devon countryside. Help yourself to a range of flavours from the ice-cream freezer to keep all the family happy.
Netherend Farm, Gloucestershire – we have searched long and hard to find a West Country dairy who makes individual butter portions to serve alongside our home baked scones. Finally, we have found Netherend Farm in a nearby county who traditionally churn “proper butter like it used to taste”. It is delicious.
South Hams Drinks, Kingsbridge – soft drinks made using traditional methods, the finest ingredients and passion to excite the taste buds.
Lurcombe Farm (our own farm), Bickington – our orchards contain over 21 different varieties from Golden Knobs to Bickington Greys. Each harvest and press is different making our Apple Juice truly unique.
Luscombe, Buckfastleigh – a family business with ever growing collection of accolades and awards. We love their organic orange juice.
Tarka Springs, Torrington – wildly refreshing spring water from Devon.
Norcotts Cider, Honiton – refreshing fruit ciders from the heart of the West Country.
Dartmoor Brewery, Princetown – some of the best bottled beers going, brewed high on the hills of our much-loved Dartmoor. We are proud to support the Dartmoor Brewery.
Black Tor Brewery, Exeter – we love their Devonshire Pale Ale. It’s easy drinking, light and golden.
Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton – our favourite beer for lunchtime drinking is Devon Coast brewed down near Teignmouth.
Barnaby’s Brewhouse, Totnes – handcrafted organic pilsner at it’s finest. Regular GOLD winners from Taste of the West. A must try lager when in Devon.
Sharpham Estate, Totnes – makers of our most favourite wine – Dart Valley Reserve. When in Devon you simply must drink Devon wine.
Voyager Coffee, Busfastleigh – small batches roasted on the edge of Dartmoor, delivered to us in 100% compostable packaging.
Green My Business, Exeter – suppliers of sustainable, low impact green and eco-friendly cleaning products.
The Eco Laundry, Dartmouth – we are proud to use the UKs first Eco Laundry for our tea towels. One of the best things is the clean tea towels come supplied lose in a reusable bag rather than wrapped in plastic.
Newton Print, Newton Abbot – working with the World Land Trust they are just one of a handful of printers certified as a Carbon Balanced Printer.
Bridgeside Blooms, Bickington – our general manager Jenny has created a small-scale flower farm to grow and supply beautiful seasonal flowers to brighten up the café. Surplus bunches can be purchased for customers to take home. She follows organic growing principles with no artificial or chemical inputs to encourage and support biodiversity.
The Dog Treat Company, Newton Abbot – premium highly digestible dog treats handmade right here in Devon! Our for legged customers cannot get enough of these incredible dog treats.