Darsham Nurseries, Suffolk

A sparkling review in ‘The Independent’ led us to Darsham Nurseries which turned out to be my  idea of heaven, both an excellent cafe and a nursery full of tempting plants.

Darsham Nurseries
Darsham Nurseries

The cafe entrance  has a welcoming vase of flowers and some sample menus.

Darsham Nurseries table at entrance
Darsham Nurseries table at entrance

Inside, there is a simple room with hesperus flowers on a half wall, delineating a big table for a group from the rest of the grey painted tables, arranged in two lines with mismatched wooden chairs. Some of the chairs are more comfortable than others .

We started with the signature cocktail, a Rhu-bubble,  a mixture of rhubarb spirit, rhubarb syrup and Prosecco. This was so good that I am determined to copy it.  It’s fresh and original and a change from the ubiquitous Kir.

Darsham Nurseries Rhu-bubble
Darsham Nurseries Rhu-bubble

The menu has a list of plates of food which you can either share or eat all by yourself, if sharing leaves you feeling a bit anxious. We did a bit of both, and started by splitting a plate of vegetable crudités with wild garlic mayonnaise and a young vegetable salad  with Fielding goats curd and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Darsham Nurseries vegetaable crudities with wild garlic mayonnaise
Darsham Nurseries vegetaable crudities with wild garlic mayonnaise

There’s a delicacy and a precision about the food. We played guess the vegetable with the translucent slices of heritage carrots, beetroot, fennel and turnip.

Then, I had Summerhouse smoked salmon, picked and wild fennel which was light and bright and delicate.

Summerhouse smoked salmon with picked and wild fennel
Summerhouse smoked salmon with picked and wild fennel

My husband had a more substantial and seasonal dish of roasted hake with asparagus and wild garlic and walnut pesto which had a freshness and vibrancy about it. I could put hashtag no filter about the photograph.

Darsham Nurseries roasted hake, Suffolk asparagus, wild garlic and walnut pesto
Darsham Nurseries roasted hake, Suffolk asparagus, wild garlic and walnut pesto

I wasn’t going to have a pudding, (said I beforehand) but salted caramel was on the menu. It came in its own little milk jug to pour onto three scoops of vanilla ice-cream. My husband had a chocolate and olive oil mouse with creme fraiche but thought I had made the better choice.

Darsham Nurseries vanilla ice cream, warm salted caramel
Darsham Nurseries vanilla ice cream, warm salted caramel

It’s  a happy, friendly place and we have already booked to go back which is really the best recommendation anyone can make.

Darsham Nurseries, Main Road,  Darsham, Suffolk  IP17 3PW Tel 01728 667022

 

Author: Kate Roxburgh

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