Provenance, a mobile purveyor of seasonal, restaurant quality food, operate from a stunning vintage Airstream caravan that’s been converted into a kitchen with wood fired oven. I attended their launch party earlier this month (I wrote all about it here) and I was so impressed by the food and drink that I vowed to follow their whereabouts for my next Provenance craving.
On Saturday 11 July, Provenance served up delicious food at Burwash Manor, located in the village of Barton, about 5 miles from Cambridge. Provenance’s gleaming Airstream caravan looked right at home amid Burwash Manor’s lovely independent shops, including foodie haven The Larder in its Food Hall.
Burwash Manor is situated on a working organic farm where they grow produce and rear their own rare breed pigs. Dynamic Organics, a three-acre market garden on the farm, use biodynamic principles to grow a variety of vegetables many of which were featured in Provenance’s Burwash menu, such as spring onions, rainbow chard and new potatoes.
Bread & Meat is located at what is now dubbed Cambridge’s “Meat Street” on Bene’t Street.
Bread and meat, two of my favourites foods. Bread? Good! Meat? Good!
So when Bread & Meat opened its doors in October, I definitely had my sights on this place. I have been hearing great things about their sandwiches ever since.
Spurred by a failed attempt at making pork escalopes for dinner (hey, we have our moments too), we made a pact to try Bread & Meat’s lauded porchetta sandwiches the next day for lunch.
We timed our visit perfectly and arrived at noon when they switched over from breakfast to lunch. The place isn’t very big but it’s well laid out and cosy. The menu items were clearly listed on a large blackboard. There were so many tempting meat sandwiches to choose from but we stood by our pork craving.
Poets House in Ely, Cambridgeshire has a city centre location but once you enter the courtyard, there is a little hideaway waiting for you. With its luxury rooms, upscale restaurant (The Dining Room) and bar serving afternoon tea and casual food (The Study), Poets House has everything you need for a lovely getaway. They even offer private dining and 24-hour butler service.
We chose the Classic Stay Package, which included two cocktails at The Study, dinner at The Dining Room, bed and breakfast. Check in was effortless and valet parking was available at no charge. Very convenient for a city centre location, in front of the majestic Ely Cathedral.
Happenstance…something that happens by chance bringing about a good result. This isn’t a word I use on a regular basis but it describes perfectly my visit to Back to the Garden, a farm shop, café and restaurant in Letheringsett, near Holt. My husband Paulo and I were on our way to Holt and Back to the Garden’s clean, modern signage from the A148 caught my eye. I have a penchant for visiting farm shops so we decided to stop and have a look.
I was immediately impressed by the majestic barn and its double-height windows set against traditional barn doors, which give the illusion of being flung open.
Everything about the building said “come on in”. You can’t get a better welcome than that.