Today’s christmas offer… a free hot drink when you buy lunch & a cake (excluding mince pies). Don’t forget offer is valid for today only, so please share & like this post so others can enjoy it too. Happy advent … Continue reading →
Wearing Cinnamon Frayed and grayed Oversized and overused Why you still hold onto it, has everyone bemused. Freckled and speckled Like a cinnamon stick warm winter stories Keeping it thick Pale fingernails, peak through the sleeves, Tears and holes decorate … Continue reading →
Today sees the start of advent. To celebrate the run up to Christmas we are offering customers 10% off food & drink in the cafe today. To take advantage of this offer, please mention it when placing your order. Happy … Continue reading →
This years ‘POP UP BOUTIQUE’ is re-inventing itself here at Staverton Bridge Nursery. Rather than taking in your treasures, Alix is offering you the opportunity to rent a stall at this fabulous location.
The cafe is now available to hire in the evenings… A great venue for a party or to try out your culinary skills & run your own pop up restaurant. For further details please contact: email@example.com
Dr. Rambunctious I presume? Join DJ’s and hosts Griff and Hod’guez for a simmering set of tropical thunder and swing style magic! This is a truly unique setting down in the Staverton Bridge Nursery glasshouse, amongst the vegetation and lovely … Continue reading →
Here is the menu for our Sri Lankan pop up supper: Roast aubergine with ginger & spices Leek Curry Roast garlic cloves in their skins Tempered green beans with wilted onions, grated coconut & cinnamon Fried bitter gourd Parippu (dhal) … Continue reading →
Devon is awash with apple juice in the late autumn, so we thought we’d add to the deluge and press some of our own. Tom and Becky Morrow, who make the fantastic cordials we sell (have a look at tomorrowscordial.co.uk) … Continue reading →
We’ve been using our wood-fired boiler for a couple of months now – it provides hot water for the cafe and will do the heating, when we turn it on. It’s a pretty simple piece of kit – you stick wood in the boiler, it heats the water which is stored in a big, heavily insulated cylinder.
But getting it operational was quite a lot harder than we anticipated, because most heating engineers round these parts haven’t encountered these systems before. After four false starts, we found the very talented Mr Rueben Newcombe, who fitted the pipework, and had the system set up and commissioned by Stoves Online, based near Dartmouth.
This does not come cheap. In fact, the fitting and the flue cost as much as the boiler, the tank and the shipping from Poland, which blew holes in my theory that this would be a relatively economical way of providing heating, and no more expensive than a conventional gas combi boiler and an LPG tank.
There is an argument for wood as a CO2 neutral fuel – the CO2 released by the burning wood was, at one point, present in the atmosphere so you’re not adding any new CO2, although that strikes me as a slightly absurd when we’re trying to reduce atmospheric CO2 .
But the best thing about wood is that you can find it lying around, which you can’t do with gas or electricity. So now we’re heating our water with free wood gathered from our land – cutting it up takes a bit more effort and you have to be in possession of a chainsaw as well as a method of moving the logs – which, as gas and electricity prices keep rising, is a good feeling.