Nestled in the middle of the Suffolk countryside, allow yourself to be transported through a land built of palm trees, ferns and exotic plants at the Urban Jungle Café.
We dropped in to sample the lunch menu, and fear not, if you are conscious about how many miles your food has travelled you will be surprised to hear at Urban Jungle its not very far at all!
New to the site is The Edible Jungle, and the aim is to provide daily harvests all year round. We caught up with propagation manager Niamh, who gave us a tour and an insight into her vision for the project. Her hope is that The Edible Jungle can provide the majority of the cafes ingredients, providing great tasting dishes; delicious and visually appealing using chemical-free vegetables.
From tasty salad leaves to chillies, the plan is to have as much growing as possible with the help of the project’s volunteers. We can’t wait to re-visit later on in the year to see the progress.
In the cafe, you will find the perfect stop for a light lunch in a vibrant, Bohemian surrounding. As we made ourselves comfortable in the cosy seating area, totally embraced by exuberant leafy plants, we ordered a ‘Dark and Stormy’ from the cocktail menu… Yes, it was a Sunday lunchtime, but when your are in the relaxed surroundings of the jungle it didn’t seem to matter! They arrived in long glasses decorated with a bright edible flower… a sign of things to come!
From the menu we selected the ‘Vegetable Mezze Platter’ with homemade flat-bread and the ‘Vegan Jungle Curry’ with sweet potato, cavolo nero, white beans, ground almonds in a tandoori spice, served with mango chutney and popadoms. Both dishes were fresh, flavourful and the quality of the ingredients shone through.
There is also a month watering brunch menu which you can enjoy from 10am everyday. The full lunch and sharing menu is available from Midday everyday.
Cocktails, wines, beers and spirits are available all day, everyday from 11am. Amongst the seating and plants in Café Jungle is a selection of soft-furnishings and fair-trade gift-ware for sale. Book a table on 01502 559103.