Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Grounds of Alexandria


I hope your weekend was lovely, we had a very quiet one which involved pootling around, cooking and a swim at Clovelly.

We finally went to The Grounds for lunch and what a delight that place is!

It is very pretty with a cafe -garden that has relaxed sitting areas and lots of little food and drink stands. There is even a florist which sells beautiful posies and plants.


I absolutely love the styling of this place, it has a great feel to it with gorgeous furnishings throughout both in and outside. Being an old pie factory from the early 1900's the interiors are amazing, lots of brickwork and exposed metals making for a very rustic and atmosphere.

It has a very holistic approach to food and drinks, it is sustainable and every day they use fresh herbs from their garden and work with a horticulturalist to grow seasonal produce for the menu which is just fabulous. I had the cured salmon salad with dill and cucumber and it was devine. Very simple fresh flavours which tasted as good as they looked. James had a breakfast burger that he swears is one of the best he has had... believe me this is a big call.

They are also hugely well known for their coffee and this is really the heart of the grounds, they have a huge passion for the science behind it. They select beans from across the globe... they are offering short courses too.

The first weekend of each month they have a market in the sprawling cafe garden, there is live music, arts and crafts and even a pretting zoo featuring Kevin Bacon.. an adorable pig who lives onsite. I have heard there are handmade treats available such as jam, snow cones [!!] pastries and breads.... um YUM. I will be back!!

So if you are looking for somewhere you can spend an afternoon having a delicious bite with friends or family, this place is fabulous.

Oh and the Rose Lemonade is divine. I am pretty keen to try a snow cone.

K x

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