The Grove Farmhouse Cafe Wages War On Plastics


The Grove Farmhouse Cafe at Blackboys have switched to using completely biodegradable takeaway cups and paper straws instead of plastic ones.

Emma Doherty who runs The Grove Farmhouse Cafe with her husband Andrew thought their previous cups were recyclable but then a customer showed them how they were costed in plastic.

Emma said: “As soon as we saw that, and after the recent prompting of Blue Planet, we decided to research some non-plastic and fully recyclable alternatives.”

The crew of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 have said there was rarely a time when they didn’t come across plastic in the sea. The programme showed how plastic is having a devastating effect on the ocean and has led to more businesses looking at ways of cutting down on single-use plastics.

The cafe is also encouraging customers to bring in their own reusable cups by offering two stamps on their loyalty card system.

The Grove is known for its farmhouse food, features a choice of popular hotpots on its menu, all made on-site with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There are also vegetarian options, like Mexican Bean and Lentil Dahl.

The Grove is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays the cafe, which seats up to 35, can be booked for meetings and functions. The Space next door also provides a private setting for your meeting, which seats up to 20.

The Busy Bee Club meets there fortnightly on Tuesdays for crafts and activities followed by lunch at The Grove. The club provides a chance for seniors to develop old friendships and grow new ones while enjoying a range of activities, followed by a delicious meal.

A scrabble club also meets at The Grove on the first Monday of each month from 1.30-3.30pm and a coffee and craft morning each Monday 10am to noon.

Contact details for The Grove Farmhouse Cafe can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Cafes.

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