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.

Musicians and The Buttercup

Ever since we first opened our doors to The Buttercup Cafe we seem to have attracted a stream of exceptionally talented local musicians. Lucky, lucky us and lucky, lucky Lewes. At the moment we have several young, up and coming musicians working with us in the cafe and we wanted to tell you about them.

We're so proud of our Zoe!

Zoe Brownrigg is a folk singer and songwriter who’s just been interviewed for the back page of this month’s Sussex Life. She’s been signed by Lewes’ own Union Record Label and you can hear a sample of her impressive debut E.P. Not Once Did I See Your Face on the Union Music Store.

Maisie Ashford is a jazz tinged folk singer and songwriter. You can hear her (and Zoe) play on Sunday 12th February at Ouch! Music Cafe on Preston Street, Brighton. Maisie has quite some voice; listen to her song Baking Scones. Amazing!

Lewes' own The Ouse Valley Three

Jasper Llewellyn plays banjo in the brilliant, Southern-style The Ouse Valley Three. You might have seen them kicking up a storm in the precinct in Lewes. They are a folk and country band to watch out for. They’re young and very talented. Have a listen to them play; their version of Rawhide is sure to make you smile.

Michi (our superhero helper who flies in to assist in any Buttercup crisis) plays fiddle for So Last Century String Band. You can catch them performing over coming months at various Lewes pubs and events.

Then we have our talented cafe friends and regulars. The lovely Stella Homewood, Jaime Regan, Matthew Bird (Small Shipwrecks), Marvellous Martin (celebrated drummer for the likes of Marianne Faithful, Billy Bragg and more), Peter of Ska Toons fame, Joe Behrmann, The Stanza Singing Group and Atlantics (who’ve been supporting The Kooks on tour recently). We couldn’t ask for a more inspirational, musical muddle of friends to keep our feet tapping and hips swaying in The Buttercup kitchen!

We miss Santi!

We want to include a special mention for Santi – who many of you will remember as the exceptional Spanish guitar player who took up residence in our yard for a summer or two. He made us all feel like we were living in an Almodovar film. Sadly he’s returned home and we still miss him and his music.

Happy listening to all these talented musicians. We’re off to get our maracas out now!

p.s. The Buttercup Cafe’s music of choice is always played by the brilliant DJ Ansis (weekdays 1pm to 4pm) on Radio Lewes (part of the Oyster Project)

Hog Roast Day

This Saturday (October 1st) The Buttercup’s yard is going a bit medieval. To celebrate Lewes’ OctoberFeast we are roasting a hog. Yes, a whole hog on a spit.

The spit will start turning outside the cafe at 4.45am for any early risers who want to come and have a look. The hog’s coming from Peter Richards, Lewes’ own butcher up on Western Road. The delightful job of guarding the spit goes to our favourite Edward (Peter’s son). We love him and his patience.

Hog roast in a Real Patisserie ciabatta served with our homemade apple sauce will be ready to eat from 11.45am. We’ve just got to make up our minds on whether to go with the Russets or Coxes?

Biddy’s going to town on other apple delights. She’s one of our Lewes homebakers. She’s making her famous meringues which we are filling with caramelised apple and toasted pecans. She’s also baking apple muffins, apple tart and a gorgeous pudding made with apples. Claire’s on custard duty.

To keep us all entertained we’re setting up The Buttercup Human Jukebox. Well, it’s a small stage in the yard and we’re inviting all local musicians and singers to come on down and give us a tune. The Buttercup team are warming up their maracas as we speak. Claire’s even got her egg shakers at the ready. Be brave. Come & take a turn on the stage. We’re a very appreciative lot down here.

Oh and the weather man says it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!