Colourful cuisine at Mayfield’s Pink Cabbage Produce Co.
In grey old winter you crave a bit of cheerful colour and that’s just what I got when I called in for lunch at The Pink Cabbage Produce Co. café and shop in Mayfield, East Sussex.
It’s not just the name; there are splashy art works across the walls and the produce area looks like a harvest festival.
The whole environment with its cosy styling is a pick-me-up on a miserable day.
But was it all style over substance? Not a bit of it. The food when it came was not only equally colourful, it was also really tasty.
As I wasn’t planning any snogging, I plumped for the roasted vine tomatoes and sautéed garlic mushrooms on toasted soda bread with Swiss cheese – a chunky affair which I enjoyed so much I was still thinking about how I might attempt to recreate it days afterwards.
I was meeting the lovely Ali from Muddy Kent who’d popped over the border for the day and she had the Chilly Billy toasted sandwich with goats cheese, roasted peppers, spinach and sweet chilli jam.
The menu also includes chorizo and scrambled egg with rye bread and roasted tomatoes, macaroni cheese with salad, and various other toasted sandwiches that, like Ali’s, come with homemade French coleslaw, watermelon and crisps.
The cakes looked great and if I’d stayed longer I know I would have succumbed.
The breakfast menu features the likes of eggs benedict, crumpets with fruit curd and Belgian waffles with maple syrup and pancetta. Pink Cabbage is also a produce shop. As well as the fruit and veg it has deli items in a fridge and take away meringues and the like.
The third string to the businesses’ bow is it sells stylish homewares, which are dotted around the walls.
The back of the premises was opened up just a few months ago, so what was the kitchen moved downstairs to make more room for tables and chairs – a good sign of somewhere that’s doing well.
When I visited around 1pm on a weekday it was moderately busy with lunching locals, a grandmother and a toddler rummaging through the café’s Lego box, oh and Jayne Torvill having a meeting in a corner!
“They’ve thought of everything down there,” said a parent returning from the loos and, they were right. Not only was there a decent changing area outside of the cubicle but inside, a kids’ seat attached to the adult one (and momentarily attached to the Muddy derriere when I failed to notice the previous occupant had left it down!).
I was excited to find out Pink Cabbage also does popular themed supper clubs.
Recent events have included Thanksgiving and a Scottish Burns Night. Coming up are Far East and Roman events. It certainly seems there’s loving attention to detail involved…
If I didn’t live an hour away I’d be there like a shot, though by the looks of things it would be worth the drive anyway.
Pink Cabbage is definitely worth a detour if you find yourself in this part of the county. In fact Mayfield is a pretty village that I can see becoming a destination in its own right. Flamingo Trends boutique, run by a couple of very switched on ladies with good fashion credentials, is new to the village having relocated from Tunbridge Wells, see my write up here. There’s also a nice looking deli run by the Middle House pub/hotel opposite.
Plenty of reasons to point your wheels this way.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: breakfast, lunch, after school snacking if you’re local; a treat if you’re passing nearby; picking up fresh bits for dinner or entertaining; a fun evening out as a couple, or with friends, at the supper clubs.
Not so good for: Not much, except it looked popular with the after-school crowd so that’s probably not the best time to rock up with your laptop and use the wifi.
££ My garlic mushroom affair was £5.95, the Chilly Billy and other deli sandwiches with trimmings are £7.15. Breakfast waffles are £6.50, and a bacon or sausage sarnie £4.95. Supper Clubs are £31.80 for four courses, BYO.
The Pink Cabbage Produce Co. Millholme, High Street, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6AB 01435 872557 pinkcabbageproduce.com