Budding partnership is keeping things fresh

Clive Moon, from Hepscott Park HSU, and Stuart Lindsay, from Hepscott Park Garden Caf�, with Coun Susan Dungworth.
Clive Moon, from Hepscott Park HSU, and Stuart Lindsay, from Hepscott Park Garden Caf�, with Coun Susan Dungworth.

A popular cafe is keeping things fresh thanks to a partnership with a local supplier.

Hepscott Park Garden Café is putting seasonal produce at the top of the menu thanks to a business partnership with Hepscott Park Horticultural Skills Unit (HSU).

The café near Morpeth is being supplied by ingredients grown by adults with learning disabilities at the unit.

Stuart Lindsay, head chef and café manager, said: “We’re passionate about serving home-cooked food packed full of flavour and look to use ingredients.

“What’s fantastic about our relationship with the team at Hepscott Park HSU is that all of the herbs and vegetables they supply are grown onsite.

“Receiving produce on a seasonal basis also helps to keep our menus exciting. We look to change the menu based on the produce we receive.”

Clive Moon, service manager of Hepscott Park, Sleekburn and Ridley Hall horticultural units, said: “We speak with the café on a daily basis. This helps us to know what ingredients they’re looking to use, giving us enough time to start planting for the season ahead.

“We also supply the café with produce from our larger scale horticultural unit at Sleekburn, where we’ve several acres of land to cultivate.”

Coun Susan Dungworth, portfolio lead for adult care and health at Northumberland County Council, said: “I would like to encourage as many people as possible to visit and enjoy the atmosphere.”

For more about the unit and café visit www.hepscottparkgardencafe.co.uk