The Buttercup Cafe is coming to Elderflower Fields

Forget Woodstock. Forget The Summer of Love. Get your tickets to Elderflower Fields where The Buttercup Cafe will be creating an oasis of calm and charm for all the happy campers and festival-goers. Elderflower Fields is a lovely new festival for all the family happening just outside Lewes on 25th to 27th May 2012.

The Buttercup Cafe will be appearing at Elderflower Fields 2012

We’re creating an outdoor cafe serving delicious teas, our homemade cakes, fresh lemonade and our best coffee. When we haven’t got our pinnies on we’re planning to try out the woodland healing huts, do our best dancing to our favourite Ska Toons, watching our Jasper play with the brilliant Ouse Valley Three and embarrass ourselves at the outdoor family zumba class. Now all we need is a bit of sunshine! Hope to see you all there.

Springtime at The Buttercup

Spring has sprung at The Buttercup

Spring has officially sprung and we’re delighted to be outside again. The Buttercup yard is looking splendid bathed in Sussex sunshine. What a spectacular week to start the season. We have lots of outdoor tables here. So make the most of this beautiful weather and have an al fresco Buttercup breakfast, lunch or tea.

Friendships (and a bit about Prue Leith)

It’s amazing how many women come into the cafe and share their passion for cooking with us; telling us about their dreams of one day having their own cafe or restaurant. Claire says she couldn’t have started The Buttercup Cafe without the incredible support and encouragement of her friends and family. But mostly, she says she needed the friendship of her girlfriends (who doesn’t?!).

Just a small cake for Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at The Buttercup

This blog post comes two days after Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful afternoon here at the cafe, serving our cakes and special afternoon tea to lovely local families. Women do indeed make the world go round – and Mothering Sunday is just great for remembering that!

Janet Mahoney is Claire’s great friend from childhood. They’ve shared many dreams and adventures together; sticking by each other through thick and thin. Janet has gone on to set up the wonderful Chichester restaurant, Field and Fork with her husband, the well-known chef Sam Mahoney (@samsfork).

Claire set up The Buttercup because she loves food, she loves cooking for friends and she’s inspired by the idea that good food can really make people happier. When we first opened our doors at The Buttercup, Janet turned up with her old copy of Leith’s Cookery Bible.

She passed it on to Claire, telling her that it was the best book to have in any culinary crisis. How right she was. Lurking under the counter, our well-thumbed copy of Leiths Cookery Bible is full of brilliant recipes and true advice. Each time we use it, we think of Janet, her wise words and the importance of her friendship to The Buttercup.

Prue Leith has just had her autobiography, Relish: My Life on a Plate published. It tells the story of her success and determination; from catering for ad hoc friends’ dinners to owning a Michelin starred restaurant and world-renowned cookery school. She is relentlessly self-confident, but also honest about the mistakes she’s made (in and out of the kitchen). She’s a chef and businesswoman who you can’t fail to be impressed by. There are simply not enough of them.

Perhaps one of our lovely Buttercup customers who tell us about their culinary hopes and business ideas might just turn out to be the next Prue Leith…

Whatever you do… don’t forget Mother’s Day!

Don't forget Mother's Day!

Do you remember the brilliant children’s classic Don’t Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins? Just keep repeating, “Six farm eggs, a cake for tea, a pound of pears and don’t forget… Mother’s Day tea at The Buttercup this Sunday!”

Mother’s Day is this Sunday 18th March. We repeat. Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday. It is a unforgiveable offence to forget it, so make sure you book a table for a special afternoon tea here at The Buttercup.

Between 2pm and 4pm we’ll be celebrating with all you lovely Lewes mums and serving: egg, cucumber, smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam, victoria sponge with strawberries & cream. And pots and pots of our delicious speciality teas. Of course, our Mother’s Day afternoon tea extravaganza will be served in our special Buttercup way – vintage crockery, beautiful cake stands, elegant tea cups, fresh flowers and delicious treats.

Mother’s Day afternoon tea is £11 per person and £6 for children (Buttercup babies’ jelly special included!)

Call us on 01273 477664 or pop into the cafe to book your table.