With lockdown and the ongoing restrictions, so many businesses had to change the way they work. Many small businesses rely on footfall from people out and about and office workers grabbing their lunchtime takeaway or having meetings in the local coffee shops. I am always keen to hear of businesses that have adapted and I have shared a few on my blog this year. Strawberry Grove is a local cafe and coffee shop that started in Lane End and then opened up two more branches in Maidenhead, Berkshire and Marlow in Buckinghamshire. A few weeks ago Strawberry Grove got in touch to ask if I'd like to try them out and share a review on my blog.
They kindly delivered to me a hamper of fresh produce and invited me to sample lunch at their Maidenhead coffee shop. They explained to me that when lockdown started they had to adapt, forced to close, they needed to still make an income to cover their costs. They decided to convert Maidenhead into a farm shop, for local people to visit to buy fresh produce but to also deliver in the area (please see here for their delivery postcodes).
You can order online 24 hours a day for next day delivery Monday to Saturday. Originally a local grocer and delicatessen in Lane End, they are able to offer fruit, veg, meat, bakery and dairy boxes delivered to your door (contact free). And they have an extensive choice from pantry essentials to a 'roast box' and 'afternoon tea', artisan bread, even face masks, garden plants and fresh herbs.
I received a beautifully wrapped basket full of lovely fresh produce and treats. There were fresh apples, oranges and grapes. A yummy loaf of freshly baked bread, ready sliced. Fresh eggs. And some tempting treats, biscuits, vegan chocolate, and bottles of soft drinks and mixers. I was very happy to work my way through sampling everything! I used the egg and bread the next morning to make poached eggs on toast with smashed avocado.
Above and below, goodies from my hamper ... I loved the cookies, the vegan chocolate and I made poached egg on toast using their eggs and fresh seeded loaf of bread.
When my daughter came back from uni for a long weekend, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to pop into the cafe in Maidenhead. Unfortunately we picked a day when it was absolutely tipping down outside! But it is simple to find and it is easy to park in nearby Waitrose or if you are lucky on the street. It is a big, light shop at Maidenhead, Lane End is more quaint being in a small village, both equally fabulous.
I chose the grilled halloumi buddha bowl salad and Emily had the ham, cheese and chutney toasted sandwich with a side salad. Emily had the berry burst smoothie and I had a rhubarb crush soft drink. Then we just had to try their banana cake with a cup of tea! They have an extensive menu and offer brunch until mid-afternoon and they also offer afternoon tea or simply coffee and cake.
The cafe was well set up for current restrictions, with everyone needing to wear a mask until seated, there was plenty of anti-bac for hands and they had the QR code to check in on the NHS app.
The cafe was prettily decorated with fresh flowers and stripped pine and painted furniture. It felt very spacious and light.
Emily and I enjoyed our hour or so chatting, with delicious freshly cooked food, friendly service and sheltering from the very rainy day outside.
Do give them a try if you are near to Maidenhead, Marlow or Lane End or how about trying one of their delivery boxes - maybe afternoon tea for two (or more), or a family sized roast box with everything you need to cook your Sunday lunch. They also deliver their famous salt beef and cheeses from The Marlow Cheese Company and energy balls from Claire's Amazeballs (I have tried these and they are delicious). Perfect for catering for your bubble of 6! Or fabulous for gifts too! Buy a voucher for Christmas maybe?
I love supporting small, local businesses, thank you to Strawberry Grove for my hamper and for my lunch. And I'm delighted to share a discount code with my readers, for the first 5 people to use it, you can get 10% off either at Maidenhead or Marlow, with the code FAB10.
Let me know if you visit!
Disclaimer: Strawberry Grove kindly gifted me a small hamper of their products and I enjoyed a complimentary lunch for one (I paid for my daughter). I was under no obligation to write this review.
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