It’s show time!

bigbreakfast april 2013

Roll up! Roll up! The Big Bite-size Breakfast is returning to The Buttercup in Lewes with a new collection of playlets for your delectation. A series of playlets which are guaranteed to surprise and entertain. A most splendid way to spend a Sunday morning. Their latest show is called, “Fresh Fruit” and the following playlets will be on the menu (alongside our delicious coffee and croissant): Thin Air, Elephants & Coffee, Drury Lane,The Needle & The Damage Done.

“A good morning feast of 4 international playlets – a mix of drama & back comedy – served up with fresh coffee, croissants and conversation in an intimate, up-close and personal setting. Presented by the Edinburgh sell-out, award-winning Big Bite-Size Breakfast team with special guest!”

Read what The Argus had to say about their last sell out shows at The Buttercup.

Book your tickets soon. Shows start at 10.15am and 11.45am. Tickets cost £12 (including coffee & croissant). Book and find out more here: www.bite-size.org.uk

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to everyone!

IMG_1320We’ve had a wonderful year here at the cafe and a busy month of christmas parties and private dinners in our downstairs dining room. It’s been festive, full of smiles and great fun. Before we collapse with a mince pie in one hand and a paper crown perched on our heads (!) we thought we would review some of what was best for us in 2012…

Claire: “For me the greatest thing this year was without doubt the Olympics. Everyone was so excited and how could you not be inspired by the determination of all those athletes.”

Connie: “It has to be Borough Market. You can get lost in the market for hours, surrounded by every kind of food and ingredient. The Spanish Wine Bar there is great too!”

Dani: ” A great exhibition of Wilhelmina Barnes Graham‘s abstract work at The Jointure Studios in Ditchling in the autumn. I loved the impact of the colour and her inspiring technique. She had an incredible life too.”

Flora: “Elderflower Fields Festival was one of the best weekends of the year for me. It was so good to see so many Lewes friends and all the kids dancing around in the fields at Bentley and eating cake at The Buttercup’s magical woodland cafe.”

Mary (one of the Buttercup babies): “Chocolate buttons!”

Peter: “The re-introduction of the word ‘blouse’ to the English language….oh, and the arrival of Connie in The Buttercup kitchen!”

We are closed from 3pm from December 24th and will re-open with new year vigour on Wednesday 2nd January at 9.30am. We hope everyone has a very merry christmas and a happy new year!

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Bonfire night comes but once a year!

Buttercup Babies prepare for Bonfire: Get your best ear wear out for Lewes Bonfire!

Lewes is buzzing. Bonfire night is almost here. The excitement never wanes even if you are a serious Lewes Bonfire boy or girl who has spent their life devoted to the cause. For many Lewesians bonfire is simply better than Christmas!

Of course here at The Buttercup our focus (as always) is on food. And on bonfire day and night in Lewes you need good food to keep you going through the madness and festivities.

From 9.30am we’ll be serving a seriously good cooked breakfast. Turkish Menemen (a delicious eggs, peppers and tomatoes dish) or bangers (meatie and veggie) with red chilli sauce and our fresh ciabatta.

Plus we’ll be making chouros con chocolat all day long. Perfect with a hot chocolate or one of our glorious coffees.

Lunch will be served from midday until 3pm: bowls of hot soup with hunks of bread and plates of proper bangers and mash.

We’ll be closing at 3ish as the town turns eerily still and quiet. A brief moment of calm as the roads close before the wildness begins! Do check the Lewes Bonfire Council website for maps of procession routes, timings and advice on how to keep safe. You can also read our advice from last year’s bonfire blog post.

Here are our Buttercup staff’s top tips for Lewes Bonfire 2012:

1) “Sparkle and shine!” Connie

2) “It’s all about earmuffs! Get tickets and go to one of the societies’ bonfires and firework displays – particularly if the crowded processions in town aren’t for you. The spectacular firework displays have to be seen to be believed.” Claire

3) “Choose one side of the high street and stick to it for the night. Give up on trying to cross from one side of town to the other once the processions have begun. You’ll just get squashed!” Flora

4) “Take an unenthusiastic auntie out with you, so that she can take your kids home early when you want to stay out all night and party!” Amanda

5) “Don’t go near the precinct. That’s where the tourists go! But if you do end up there, there are bollards to stand on to get a good view” Luke

6) “Go to the church opposites Richards the Butchers at the top of the High Street and watch the procession from the grass bank there. Or head to the golf course up on the cliff for a spectacular view of the whole town and all the firework displays.” Freya

We wish all the societies a glorious bonfire night! Best of luck!

Our flower lady

The last colour of Summer

We’ve had a fantastic season of edible flowers and locally grown cut flowers. Marigolds, nasturtiums, borage and herbs. All thanks to Erika our local flower lady who never ceases to make us gasp with her baskets of flowers. Too beautiful. We’re also delighted to be selling Erika’s bio-dynamic planting calendars which were a real hit last year as an alternative Christmas present. And yes, that was our first mention of Christmas!

The Buttercup Cafe flower lady

Applicious

Octoberfeast: It’s all about the apple!

Lewes Octoberfeast is a wonderful celebration of local seasonal food and Sussex foodies. We’re delighted to be part of this important festival and are hosting two events.

The annual Buttercup Hog Roast is out in the cafe yard on Saturday 29th September. We’ll be serving from noon delicious cuts of Lewes Butcher Peter Richards‘ roast hog with our own apple sauce and ciabatta. It’s always a raucous affair with a party atmosphere out in our yard – first come, first served!

We have a few ticketed places left for our Apple Dinner with Cider on Saturday 6th October. Claire (Madam Buttercup) is cooking an apple feast after hours. The yard and downstairs dining room will be candlelit and a different cider will be served to match each of the three courses. Including tart tatin, apple gorgonzola walnut rustic tart, slow baked apple & toffee pastry, stuffed pork loin with rosemary roasted apple and parsnip and more. Booking is essential, £25 per person. Do call the cafe on 01273 477 664 or pop in to the cafe. As everyone who has been to a Buttercup supper club event will know, these evenings are magical!

We just wanted to put in a quick mention for some of the other lovely foodie (and drink!) events which caught our eye from this year’s Octoberfeast programme. The Secret Camping Feast in Barcombe sounds fantastic – run by some of the team behind Elderflower Fields festival. And we love the sound of Jamaican Guinness Punch at the Lewes Arms. And who can resist a free ice cream tasting session at Limetree Kitchen! Twelve delicious flavours to try.

Apple madness in Lewes

The Lilliput Bazaar Pop-Up Shop returns to The Buttercup Cafe

The sun is shining in Lewes (at last!) and the Lilliput Bazaar is back at The Buttercup. Lilliput has a pop-up shop today and tomorrow from 10am to 4.30pm here at the cafe. They’ve transformed our downstairs room into an emporium of children’s clothes.

We spotted a lovely little girl’s Liberty print dress on the rails and other fantastic second-hand and vintage clothes for kids aged 1 to 12. Get here quick for the best of the best!

We’ll be serving Thai style chicken fritters, Asparagus and cheddar filo tarts, Pepper pot soup and our summer salads for lunch out in the courtyard. There’s also plenty of delicious cakes and teas to choose from – available all day.

And of course there are always Buttercup chocolate buttons for our youngest (and oldest!) visitors.

You can find out more about Lilliput Bazaar on twitter @LilliputBazaar

So what is under The Buttercup trap door?

A whole new world hidden under The Buttercup trap doors

All has been revealed! As many of our lovely customers know, we’ve been busy working on opening up a new space with more tables here at The Buttercup Cafe. Well, at last, we have opened the trap door and our new downstairs room is open.

In the unlikely event of a rainy day during the summer (!) or when the outdoor courtyard tables are full, we now have two cosy sofas and plenty more tables downstairs. We’ll be adding more delights to the new space in coming weeks, making it into a Buttercup kind of a place with colour, fairy lights, favourite books, a crochet blanket or two, vintage finds and great artwork.

The new room is available to rent for private dinner parties in the evenings and for special events and meetings. We’ve already hosted a banquet for 28 people, a birthday dinner party, a clothes sale and a children’s baking party. Do pop in to the cafe and ask Claire if you’d like to know more.

The old brick stairs – take any book home & leave a small charity donation

Look who we found living in The Buttercup basement – all looking for new homes!

Watch this space!

Downstairs at The Buttercup Cafe

The Buttercup Cafe in all its glory…

We were so excited when local artist Lyndsey Smith sent us a link to her brilliant blog which featured her latest watercolour painting – and it’s of us!

Buttercup Brunch - A painting by Lyndsey Smith

Lyndsey has created a beautiful painting of our sunny Buttercup yard in all its glory. We love the detail; the fruit & veg boxes in the doorway, the higgeldy piggeldy plants and flower pots. You can see how Lyndsey created the final artwork by looking back at her blog posts over the last month. You can see the painting come to life. We’re delighted, flattered and very impressed.

Buttercup Brunch - First drawing by Lyndsey Smith

 

Buttercup Brunch - A work in progress by Lyndsey Smith

Do have a look at Lyndsey’s other paintings of shops, people and places around Lewes on her lovely website www.lyndseysmith.co.uk

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.

The Buttercup Hamper Delivery Service

The Rolling Downs shepherd huts

The sun is shining and the Sussex countryside is covered with every shade of green. The evenings are lighter, the sunsets are stunning and we want to be eating and cooking outside again.

We’re delighted to announce that we’re now delivering hampers to The Rolling Downs shepherd huts. These are two very special, beautifully built, luxury huts which families can stay in. They’re in a secluded corner on the Bentley estate, not far from Lewes. Families staying in the huts have their own kitchen and a fire pit for cooking outdoor feasts.

We deliver delicious local supplies direct to the huts. Everything from local eggs, Mr Richards’ Lewes made sausages, our lovely coffee, fresh Sussex fruit & veg, loaves of Real Patisserie bread, our Buttercup cakes and more. We can even deliver dinner, freshly made to order from The Buttercup kitchen. It’s a magical place to stay and we’re delighted to be offering our hamper delivery service.

Do pop in or call us if you’d like lunch or dinner delivered to your home – or a Buttercup hamper or special picnic made just for you.

The Buttercup Cafe's fresh fruit & veg: you can order locally sourced fresh food direct from us.