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“A well kept secret which needs sharing!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elder Street Cafe & Deli

Elder Street Cafe & Deli
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $16
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Cafe, British
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Purveyors of homemade and locally sourced produce.
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“A well kept secret which needs sharing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We only happened upon this excellent little place whilst visiting the co-located garden centre. It was a welcome addition since our last visit (admittedly a considerable time ago). Food was very tasty, freshly prepared and had good sized portions (particularly when compared to cream teas we've had elsewhere which have always come up short on both clotted cream and jam!). We also came away heavily laden with selection of intriguingly named beers from their broad range of offerings from many local micro breweries. As a farm shop and deli they had a wide range of very tasty looking food on offer too, which we may well sample another time.

We received a welcoming, warm and friendly service from a lovely "older" lady - hope she won't be offended by that? She really made the difference to our visit and should be treasured by her employer for the friendly welcome, and excellent service she gives his/her customers. However, when we came to leave we were somewhat dismayed to see another member of staff whip away the tip we had left on our table for her - which apparently is a common occurrence. Contributions to the provision of good food and good service are a team effort so tips should be for sharing, not only as recognition for the service/food received, but as a welcome addition to wages in these hard times (especially as she was a pensioner). Will most definitely be checking on our next visit that no-one is losing out - but for anyone visiting please ensure any tip you want to leave is personally handed to the recipient you intend.

Our only other irritation, albeit minor and entirely our own personal preference, is that we would have preferred our food be served on plates rather than the more trendy wooden or slate boards.

  • Visited April 2013
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gregoire13, Owner at Elder Street Cafe & Deli, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Many thanks for your positive feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit to our new business, with regard to your concern regarding the distribution of gratuities, all gratuities are pulled and distributed equally between staff members, as we feel our product is a team effort, regards Anna & Gregg Thorne
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