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

Lucas Hollweg cooks a feast at The Buttercup Cafe

Lucas gets to work in The Buttercup kitchen

Last night we handed over the controls, frying pans and oven gloves to Lucas Hollweg. Lucas is The Sunday Times’ resident food writer whose lovely cookbook Good Things to Eat was published earlier this year. He came to The Buttercup Cafe to cook for twenty lucky eaters; a menu of good food using great local produce.

The cafe was lit up on a cold autumn night and as one guest said, “ooh, it looks like Narnia!”. Lucas (and his ukulele!) cooked away, chatted about his recipes, his ideas about good cooking and the food he loves. It was an amazing chance to see up-close a cook at work and watch his cookbook come alive in our kitchen. A pretty special evening celebrating the end of another inspiring Lewes OctoberFeast.

Lucas' Good Things to Eat

Here is Lucas’ delicious menu for The Buttercup Cafe, using fish from Lewes’ Terry’s Fisheries in The Riverside, Barcombe Nurseries’ organic vegetables and meat from Boathouse Organics:

Squash and five-spice soup
Newhaven Plaice ceviche
Beef carpaccio with dill and mustard
Lamb meatballs with salted yoghurt
Chard and Feta
Quince and almond tart

Fingers crossed Lucas will return next year. We’ll let you know soon as we hear anything.

p.s. You can borrow Lucas’ cookbook from Lewes library.

A cosy night in at The Buttercup Cafe

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!