We can only produce great food with fantastic ingredients. Provenance and integrity of our food has always been at the core of our beliefs, so we bake our own bread, cakes and patisserie and have a network of fantastic local and artisan suppliers who we have been working with for many years.
It makes sense to us to source food this way, supporting our incredibly important Agri-Food sector and artisan producers, ensuring that the money we spend is kept within the local economy. We believe that the return in terms of reducing food miles, improved traceability, flavour, authenticity and outstanding quality that we offer our customers is worth it.
As our business is diverse in terms of cafes, delis, outside catering and our wholesale bakery, we may not have every supplier listed in every place or at every event. However, below is a list of our core suppliers and “go-to” producers, as well as products which we love to retail if we have the space.
We take our environmental, ethical and social responsibilities seriously. We understand that our business activities have an impact on the environment and we need to mitigate that.
We have made a commitment to try to eliminate single use plastics.
The vast majority of our take-away food packaging is made from plant material and is fully compostable, and we encourage customers to bring their own reusable cups.
We recycle as much as we possibly can (dry recyclables, cardboard, food waste) and are actively working towards zero waste to landfill with our recycling company partners.
We also compost on-site wherever it is appropriate.
As well as being passionate about local food and drink, we believe it is important to give something back and to support those within our local community.
Our bottled water is supplied by a social enterprise, Clearer Water from Co. Antrim, and only comes in glass bottles. Of course we always offer free tap water to customers.
We treat our staff fairly and feed them well whilst at work; we encourage staff who would like to learn more and study for qualifications at the same time.
We understand the effort that goes into growing and producing proper food. To learn more about our journey into growing view the Kitchen Garden page here.
See our environmental policy here.