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

The Buttercup Cafe at Elderflower Fields Festival 2012

What a weekend! What a festival! We’re back from the first Elderflower Fields Festival on Bentley estate, near Lewes. We feel like we’ve been on holiday. We may be exhausted but we had a wonderful time. It was magical.

The Buttercup’s woodland cafe at Elderflower Fields 2012

The sun shone and everyone danced and made merry all weekend. This was a truly family friendly festival and it was lovely to see so many of our friends and customers in our woodland cafe. Our Buttercup festival cafe was hidden in the woods beside the acoustic tent. We had plenty of shade, a spectacular view over Sussex fields and great music. We brought our hula hoops (of course!) and served cake, tea, real coffee, ice-cold freshly squeezed juice and smoothies. Kids played while parents lolled on the straw bales under our shady sails.

The Buttercup Cafe in festival mood

Our mini sweet shop was a big hit with the face painted festival kids. And all hail our friends at the brilliant Rye Bay Coffee Company for helping us to set up a proper coffee machine in the woods.

We loved dancing under the glitter ball in the Vinyl Thursday yurt and giggled at the woodland silent disco dancers. We saw our Peter give a fantastic performance on the main stage with Ska Toons, our Zoe Brownrigg was wonderful in the acoustic tent and so exciting to see our Jasper returned from his travels and appearing on the main stage with The Ouse Valley Three.


We’d also like to say a big thank you to Nigel and his lovely team who organised Elderflower fields Festival – always calm, helpful and charming throughout the whole festival. It was lovely to work with you.

We brought our crochet with us of course!

The Buttercup team deserve a special mention too for their hard work, smiles and stamina – keeping going all weekend on very little sleep! Well done Claire, Megan, Simon, Camilla, Amanda, Harvey and Geoff.

Festival Claire

Cool Camilla

Super Simon and Marvellous Megan

Amazing Amanda

We’re off for a much needed nap now. Can’t wait for more festival fun next year. And if you didn’t make it this year, make sure you buy tickets for 2013!

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.

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.

A fabulous February

We're in the latest edition of Sussex Life

February is nearly here and it’s already proving to be a great month for us at The Buttercup. We’re feeling most happy and delighted with our latest press coverage. Please excuse us while we blow our own trumpet!

Sussex Life (Feb Issue) chose to feature us in their article on the Lewes art scene:

“The Buttercup Cafe. This delightful cafe is small but perfectly formed… Pretty china and wildflower bouquets lend an air of rural charm, and there’s a delicious selection of home-baked cakes…”


The ever brilliant Viva Lewes

The February issue of Viva Lewes has a great cover (as always) and we were so pleased to find we are mentioned twice in the latest edition: “The Buttercup Cafe. Now there’s a little place… that’s already worked out how to do things properly”. We were also picked by the wonderful Hilary Lane MBE as her favourite place for lunch in Lewes (read her interview in the magazine on p.19).

Thank you for making us all smile at the cafe. It’s lovely to be appreciated x

You might also like to read about what the Norwegian press made of The Buttercup Cafe in our post “We’re big in Norway!

Drum roll…. The Boy Who Bakes is coming to tea

Edd is coming to The Buttercup Cafe

We’re feeling a bit giddy. We’ve just heard that Edd Kimber (aka The Boy Who Bakes) who won the BBC2’s Great British Bake-Off last year is coming to The Buttercup Cafe.

Lovely Edd is coming to bake a sumptuous winter tea for 20 lucky guests on Sunday December 4th. Tea will be served from 2pm till 4pm. Tickets cost £18.50 and go on sale here at The Buttercup Cafe today.

He’s planning on baking for us:

Almondine (with a Christmas twist)
His Nana’s gingerbread
Pecan & bourbon pie
Chocolate & chestnut torte with chestnut cream

Oh my! A seriously indulgent Sunday afternoon tea. We’re starting our diets in preparation right now.

He will be chatting about how he went from being a banker to a baker, what it was like appearing on GBBO and what he’s doing next. You’ll be able to see him at work in the kitchen too.

He’s just had his first cookbook published called The Boy Who Bakes and he’ll be signing copies. A great Christmas present for foodies.

If you’d like to come and have tea with Edd then you can buy a ticket in advance from the cafe. Places are very limited, so we recommend you come and get them quick! Ticket price is £18.50 and includes all the delicious tea you can drink, while eating Edd’s cakes  – and he’s baking all guests a little going home present too!


pat-a-cake pat-a-cake

It seems like something is in the air at the moment. The smell of home-baked cakes. Following the hysteria surrounding the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, it’s now National Baking Week. There seem to be more sites and blogs than ever offering baking tips and recipes. So here are just a few of our favourites at the moment:

BBC’s The Great British Bake Off – Now refered to simply as GBBO to those in the know. All the recipes from the series are on their site.

Rufus’ Food & Spirits Guide – An American’s blog with some great recipes (and killer cocktails)

The Boy Who Bakes – Edd Kimber (GBBO winner last year) has made a lovely cook book about baking.

Recipes from a normal mum – Holly Bell’s (from GBBO) blog with a catalogue of great baking recipes.

– Always. And Forever.

Yummy Bambini – A lovely blog about baking with kids, Italian influenced recipes.

Nigel Slater – For producing one of the most beautiful cook books ever (The Kitchen Diaries), a brilliant memoir about baking and food (Toast) and for having lots of his recipes online too.

Jam and Clotted Cream – The Cornish foodie. A down-to-earth blog by a home baker.

National Baking Week – Quite a good collection of recipes. Follow on twitter with #nbw.

Any others you want to tell us about? And did you know there’s even an event just for UK food bloggers called (brilliantly) Bite ‘n Write.

Of course, we’d also like to big up our very own Lewes homebakers extraordinaire. Biddy and Hilda. Cake making legends working in their home kitchens for The Buttercup Cafe – pecan pie, chocolate & aubergine cake, ginger cake, ground almond & clementine cake… shall we go on?