Relaunch for Creake Abbey cafe and food hall

The Creake Abbey Caf� & Food Hall team: Diana Scott, owner; chef Jay Moore and general manager Lucy Bent
The Creake Abbey Caf� & Food Hall team: Diana Scott, owner; chef Jay Moore and general manager Lucy Bent
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The Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall, located at the unique Creake Abbey site three miles south of Burnham Market in north Norfolk, is making fresh food its focus as it comes under new management.

It has enjoyed a recent refurbishment with increased seating areas and improved outdoor furniture in time for the summer tourist season - and the Plant Lovers’ Day event on Saturday.

Local seasonal ingredients are at the heart of a new menu that has been designed to focus on simple, freshly cooked food with delicious flavours and lots of appealing colour. There will be a much wider selection of healthy juices, smoothies, platters and kids food for the ideal family outing. The evening café menu will continue the theme of fresh simple food that makes the most of the raw ingredients from the local area, recrafting them with innovative recipes that will really differentiate the Creake Abbey Café from the competition.

The Creake Abbey Food Hall will continue to provide the best in fine butchery, a cheese counter and charcuterie but there will now be a greater emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as kitchen staples. This will include take-away homemade healthy food such as freshly made pies, quiches, sensational modern salads, fresh soups, pâtés and terrines. The aim is to make the Creake Abbey Food Hall the ultimate one stop shop for the most delicious picnic imaginable for locals and visitors alike.

Diana Scott, founder of the Creake Abbey rural retail destination, has taken over the management of the Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall from previous tenant, Stephen Harrison. Diana has boosted her own team with the input of local food experts such as local chef, Atalanta Keirle of Feast, providing fresh, healthy dishes for the Food Hall. Sara Stocks of award-winning Bonallack Granola is also advising on ingredients, recipes and product selection to impress even the most experienced foodies.

Diana says: “This is a very exciting moment for the Creake Abbey Café & Food Hall. By combining the fantastic fresh ingredients available in north Norfolk, crafting them into delicious recipes and fresh dishes for the Food Hall, we aim to become a one stop ‘foodies’ destination for our local community and visitors. We also want to capitalise on the access we have to local food producers through our award-winning monthly farmers’ markets, bringing the very best of local artisan food into the Café and Food Hall.”

The new management team has devised a new botanically-inspired menu for the well-attended Plant Lovers’ Day on Saturday, May 28, More than 1,400 visitors are expected to attend this celebration of East Anglia’s finest horticultural expertise with 34 specialist garden nurseries selling a wide range of high quality yet affordable plants, shrubs and trees. Visitors can fuel their busy shopping with cheese and chive tarts, roasted vegetables with halloumi and basil pesto and strawberry meringues. A delicious rhubarb, orange and May blossom homemade cordial will celebrate summer as a special Plant Lovers’ Day offering.