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Blue Rabbit Cafe & Smallholding

Food metres not miles!

Delicious home-grown, home-made food from the Blue Rabbit Smallholding in Shottisham - a farm to fork experience!

Stop by for a coffee and some food and then wander around and visit the animals.

The cafe stocks a range of produce from the smallholding including:
  • Bacon and sausages from the free-range, rare-breed, large Black pigs.
  • Eggs from the very free-range flock of heritage chickens.
  • Fresh vegetables, salad and fruit from the kitchen garden.
  • Home-made cakes, including gluten free!

Open Saturday and Sunday for breakfast and brunch 8.30am -11.30am from April-October.

School holidays open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and bank holidays) 8.30am -11.30am from April to October.

All about the cook

"I am Claire, a cheese-maker, organic gardener, beekeeper, shepherd, goat-herder and cook with big, slightly crazy and rather chaotic dreams! The Blue Rabbit Cafe serves home-made, home-grown food from my smallholding in Shottisham. All the meat, eggs, honey, fruit and vegetables served in the cafe are grown here - food metres not miles. I am aiming for small-scale, sustainable, environmentally-friendly food production.

I always wanted a cafe, but I accidentally became an Ottoman historian instead. I am still a part-time (epistemologically-reluctant) historian, but I have finally opened my cafe. I now juggle writing books and teaching about radical forms of past-talk including art at a university, with growing food and cooking for the cafe.

I spend quite a lot of time in the summer and winter wild swimming in the sea near here and training my sheep dogs Kainaat and Zephi.

Come and visit the animals, see where the vegetables are grown and have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake."

The Smallholding

"Here on the Blue Rabbit smallholding we have free-range, rare-breed pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens - as well as alpacas and bees.

While we are not certified organic, we run our smallholding in accordance with organic principles and the welfare of our animals is our greatest concern.

Our chickens completely free-range around the smallholding and campsite. We hatch out many of our own chickens from our breeding stock - the cockerels live a happy life until the end of the summer when we kill and eat them.

Our pigs free-range and enjoy a long, natural life and we grow them very slowly (this is why they taste so good).

Our bees are kept basically in accordance with Rose hive principles - we don't use queen excluders and we don't clip the wings of the Queen and not just because we can't ever find her! The bees are completely free to leave whenever they want. We always leave them enough honey for the winter so we don't have to feed them sugar (except in emergency situations where the survival of the hive depends on it). The honey is not heat-treated or pasteurised, it is raw honey that is simply filtered and is delicious.

You're probably wondering what the alpacas are for, well they protect the chickens from predators (usually) and we collect their poo as fertiliser for the fruit and vegetables we grow."

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Blue Rabbit Cafe & Smallholding
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