Drinks and homemade snacks now available at Staverton Nursery

The Spade and Spoon at Staverton Nursery. In the picture are Phil Cottingham and Matt Cottingham from the nursery and Dan Rose.

Drinks and homemade snacks are now available at Staverton Nursery in Halland, near Uckfield.

The nursery has teamed up with another business, Spade and Spoon, to provide the new offering in its car park and there are benches where customers can rest while they eat.

Staverton was planning to open a coffee shop this winter, but, with everything being so uncertain because of Coronavirus, the family owners are postponing that project.

Matt Cottingham, Phil Cottingham and Dan Rose with the Spade and Spoon trailer at Staverton Nursery.

Spade and Spoon, which is run by Dan Rose from Fletching, has been unable to trade this year because of the pandemic so he is delighted to have the chance of working with the family.

Matt Cottingham, from the nursery, said: “Spade and Spoon setting up here will benefit both of us.”

Dan provides seasonal menus with produce from local suppliers – including Staverton’s own kitchen garden – and everything is homemade.

His wife Kate is a nutritionist and ensures that, as well as providing tasty fare, the food served by Spade and Spoon is good for health. Dan’s mum Annie Rose also works with her son and is chief sausage roll maker.


Dan said that normally his trailer would be seen at weddings and public events, such as craft shows, but the core of the business is usually away from the trailer taking tasty nutritional lunches into offices.

He added: “Good local organic food seems to be the preserve of restaurants and is seen as a luxury but we aim to provide that quality of food from the trailer here at the nursery.”

They will serve fresh ground coffee, which is roasted in Sussex, a selection of teas and cold brew coffee with homemade syrups, cakes, pastries, sausage rolls, and pillowy pitta pockets – apple roasted orchard pull pork is one of their signature fillings – served with salads and homemade pickles.

Down the line there could be barbecues too.

See also:

Pubs put ‘on notice’ over tomorrow’s reopening

Safety fears delay opening of Uckfield play areas

Highlands Inn and Picture House announce reopening plans

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