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