Wednesday, 2 December 2009

For The Love Of Maisy

Our chef in Colchester Matt and his wife Sophie have a beautiful 5 year old daughter called Maisy. She has cerebral palsy, severe epilepsy is visually impaired with learning and developemental delays and she could do with some more equipment and therapy to make life more pleasurable.

We're holding a fundraising event at the Mersea Centre (M.I.C.A.) on Saturday 12th December and James' band 'Skandal' are playing free of charge to help us raise at least £1,000 for Maisy. Please come along, tickets are now on sale at the Artcafé and M.I.C.A. Centre price £10. oh, and by the way we'll be holding a prize draw too with some excellent prizes!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

A New Menu

Well, first an apology for the lack of posts lately, it sometimes seems an almost impossible task to keep up with all there is to be done at the Artcafé, let alone keep the blogs up to date, not that we haven't had plenty to tell you all about lately. First things first, we have our new menu for the Summer season up and running with some interesting & delicious new additions. secondly we have some really wonderful new breads on offer from which we hope you'll take full advantage of, ciabatta, walnut loaf, polish rye with carraway, focaccia etc., in addition to our regular white wholemeal, granary and baguettes.

Our new menu which includes such 'lunchy' items as Pastrami on Rye & Carraway Bread with Dill Pickle Dressing & Salad Leaves, Lemony~Garlicky Chicken on a bed of Salad Leaves with Granary Bread and also Our Ploughman's Lunch ~ Mature Cheddar Cheese or Ham with 'Artcafé' Chutney, Pickled Onions Salady Bits and Granary Bread and Butter. We've also added Lemon Posset with Homemade Shortbread to our puddings.

A selection of the lovely new breads that we'll be using at the Artcafé and I must say we're very excited about them.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

This Year's Baskets

Upon leaving work today and locking the door I glanced up to be greeted by the sight of the 'hanging baskets of babylon'. The little beauties are just beginning to flower and trail over the baskets mmm...nice!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Ginger Cake

We've just added a new cake to our arsenal of coffee/tea accompaniments, it's an extremely moist and gingery ginger cake. It's one of our Jenny's recipes and we're calling it Jenny's Double Ginger Cake.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Yet More New Jewellery!

At the risk of over egging the jewellery pudding I thought I'd show you these beautiful pieces we now have, by designer Charlie Leftley. They're so new I only put them out today. As you can probably tell they are largely based around plant forms, very organic and mostly of silver, although we have some in 9ct. gold too and others incorporate some plastic (not so organic!). We really like them, so I hope you'll forgive me showing you jewellery again.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Chef Required

The path of ordinary café folk is seldom smooth, so it is this week that we now have a vacancy at the Mersea Artcafé for a full time chef. If you have a genuine interest in real food, preparing and cooking it and can cope with busy shifts we are offering a full time, permanent job with the advantages of no split-shifts, no evenings and a lovely working atmosphere. So, if you are a chef looking for a new start in what we think is a great place to work then pop in to pick up an application form or e-mail us to we'd love to hear from you.

Friday, 20 March 2009

New Silver Jewellery

We have some lovely new jewellery that has just arrived at the Artcafé in West Mersea, made by local artist Helen Burgess. Helen works mostly in silver with the addition of semi~precious stones and enamel to enhance her designs. Her range is quite wide and has started to sell already, we think there may be a present for your mum amongst it somewhere.

Monday, 9 March 2009

A New Artist

We've just taken delivery today of some new handmade ceramics from artist Jane James who was living here until moving to Jersey with her family in 2007. Her work like the majority of our artists' is inspired by living on the coast and I think is guaranteed to brighten your day! Jane works in driftwood and ceramic and makes a range of hand painted pieces with speciality glazes that produce a magical lustre to capture the colours of the sea.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Three Rum Ol' Boys

A trio of venerable Mersea gents enjoy a latte in the sunshine! You may well recogonise them, LtoR Peter from Datapartners and After The Fire, 'Ricey' (star of stage and screen and one time 'The Weakest Link' champion!) and Sam aka Elizaphanian.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

A Beautiful Morning

This was the scene this morning just before the usual routine of getting the furniture and open sign out in readiness for all you lovely customers,

with the sun getting higher in the sky now it casts wonderful shadows across the churchyard.

The mussels have proved really popular and we've taken another delivery of the little darlings, if you carry on eating them at this rate we'll have to make them a permanent addition to our menu.

Some of you may have noticed today that we've set up a 'research and development' department...

and our first project thanks to Maggie was a Treacle Tart & Custard. Oh, before you ask, I am aware that the word development has only 3 E's in it!

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


We're now serving a big bowl of Mussels in a White Wine, Cream and Parsley Broth, with French Bread and Butter for a very sensible £7.95. Maggie has been cooking these in this style for donkeys' years both in various restaurants and at home for us and it seems a bit daft that we haven't offered them before now at the Artcafé.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Plum and Vanilla Sponges

This morning at Mersea Maggie made a batch of lovely little Plum and Vanilla sponges to brighten up a very dull, grey Wednesday and accompanied with some custard might be just what you need!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Homemade Valentine's Shortbread

Maggie has been working her socks off again to bring you homemade shortbread for your cups of tea tomorrow. Appropriately heart shaped for the romantics amongst us and as delicious as ever she's managed to bake an impressive 300 before having a nice cup of tea and a sit down herself. This means however tomorrow's Orange Fruit Tea breads were finished by James, one not entirely familiar with the workings of a kitchen environment!


Monday, 9 February 2009

Our Work Here Is Almost Done

That's right, we've almost finished giving our treasured café a bit of a face lift and opened again after five gruelling days on Saturday. It really just remains for us to re-hang the art work and put some finishing touches to the place. We would not have managed all the work ourselves and so we'd like to say thank you to those who dropped in to help.

Our friendly nieghbourhood plumber Andy takes an important call

The proud owner of some new shelves and a dodgy smock!

Lee getting to grips with the new chairs

Will assembling chairs

The new look kitchen

Saturday as usual