Locally sourced ingredients and a passion for catering are at the heart of the new Courtyard Cafe in Bishops Court, Daventry.
Formally the Bishops Tea Room, the family-run business described as the ‘hidden gem’ of Daventry had its grand reopening last week when Mayor of Daventry Ron Fox came along to cut the ribbon.
Cafe director John Silvert said: “We have lived here for ten years and my wife, Anna-Marie, ran the cafe for eight -and-a-half years. Before that we were both in catering for 20 years and we wanted to bring that passion for the industry to this new cafe.
“Now we want to be known as the ethical cafe because we bake all our own cakes and buns, and make our own marmalade, jams and dressing.
“Ethics are really important to us and we know where all our meat comes from because it’s locally sourced.”
The cafe purchases goods from Sauls of Spratton and buys only rare breed eggs from Stockton. Mr Silvert added the cafe only uses leaf tea, Whittards hot chocolate and Nespresso coffee as well as offering free wifi to customers.
Since reopening the cafe has been very popular with customers coming in to see the new decor.
Mr and Mrs Silvert run the cafe along with Mrs Silvert’s brother and mother Paul and Mary Fletcher. The couple’s 13-year-old daughter also lends a hand at the weekend.
Mr Silvert said: “We have tried to make this a soft and welcoming place, as though you’re stepping into your own house and our customers seem to really like that.
“We would love people to try our breakfasts and for business people to take advantage of our 20 per cent discount just for them.”