Our principles

Local - We source as much of our fresh produce as possible from local farmers and so around 90% of our fruit and vegetables are locally grown, and we also buy other locally made goods like bread from Judges Bakery. Local food is tastier and has more nutrients becauses it's been freshly picked and delivered straight to the cafe. Local food also reduces the pollution associated with long distance transport of food (food miles) and has far less packaging. Buying local also supports local farmers and keeps money circulating in the local economy.

Organic - We buy organic whenever possible so over 90% of the ingredients we use are organic. This is because organic farming is better for the environment and for wildlife. Organic farming results in less pollution and greenhouse gases by restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Organic farms are also havens for wildlife, and plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on organic farms.

Vegan - Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose, as vegans believe it is wrong to kill and make animals suffer for human benefit. A well-balanced vegan diet is also very healthy as it focusses on fruit and vegetables and studies have shown vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Consuming a plant-based diet also has significant benefits for our environment, as it is a more efficient use of land and water than growing food to feed to livestock.

Ethical - We also try to make sure we use ethical ingredients wherever possible by which we mean we buy Fairtrade to ensure that producers in developing countries get a better deal. We also try to buy direct from farmers and producers in the UK so that we know that they are getting a fair price for their products and also buy from co-operatives and smaller companies that are treat their workers better.

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