With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Burwash Larder.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Burwash Larder
It’s hard to believe that Burwash Larder began as a roadside table selling bundles of farm-grown asparagus and sweetcorn, alongside an honesty box back in 1985. Farmer Mike Radford – owner of Burwash Manor Barns (a group of gorgeous indie shops) - had a crop glut and wanted to diversify. His organic delights were a hit, and as demand grew, The Larder evolved, moving to bigger premises around the farmyard. Seven-years ago Mike’s son Matt built the current magnificent barn, which is packed to the rafters with organic fruit and vegetables, divine bakes and hand-picked produce, boasting one of the region’s finest delicatessens.
The product line, totalling 3,000, is dizzying; you could easily while away an hour, savouring a coffee by Cambridge roasters Hot Numbers, or sitting in a sunny spot in the picnic area out back.
At the helm, managers Clare Rosier and Kathinka Horn, plus 10 staff, are incredibly passionate about sourcing the best brands. Their philosophy is to buy ‘as good as we can, as close as we can’, hence there’s local names including BrewBoard craft beer, Kandula Tea and Gourmet Brownie, alongside quality national brands.
Most of the fruit and veg is sourced from Cambridge Organic Food Company, supplemented by Barton-grown biodynamic vegetables and Mike’s legendary asparagus.
The Burwash sausage roll, made with farm pork, is a best-seller as is the triple-cream Delice de Bourgogne, one of 70 cheeses available.
Cakes are supplied by six local bakers including Hannah Bakes (try her heavenly frangipani shortbread), and Norfolk Street Bakery (those naughty custard tarts!).
The Larder also houses family butcher Leech & Sons, who supply the deli with pork pies and scotch eggs, plus sell local meats including Burwash beef.
With fantastic products arriving daily, regular foodie events and all those wonderful shops on site, there’s really no excuse not to visit!
Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY
Telephone 01223 264600
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