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Published August 3rd 2018
Where can you find a figgy piggy and a monte cristo?
Not so much hiding, but quietly nestled in Blackstone Road, Ipswich, is Wild Rose Cottage Café and I have to tell you, I am at a loss for words. Yes, you heard correctly. My mind will not process words because my mouth is too busy drooling.
Wild Rose Cottage Cafe
Jo and her fabulous team create an amazing selection of cakes, savoury bites, breakfast and lunches. Have your choice of cold or hot beverages including coffee, teas and even Italian hot chocolate with real Krumiro biscuits and a sprinkling of freshly roasted hazelnuts.
I don't think I would be able to describe the menu items better than Jo's own words, so here are a few of their recent offerings. One of the warming breakfast options is Scottish flavoured porridge. Steel cut oats, cream, brown sugar and whiskey, to, ah, warm you. Gluten Free (GF) is not just an option, they are catered for with items like GF cranberry and white chocolate scones. If you feel like something a little decadent, then why not try Tiramisu with hand crafted chocolate hearts.
Tiramisu. Image from cafe Facebook page
Daily soup offerings include turmeric roast vegetable soup, which is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. It is made with locally grown organic herbs and homemade vegetable stock. A goats cheese log rolled in roasted pistachios, topped with fig conserve, and drizzled in honey, is perfect for a savoury top up.
They also do toasties, but not just any toasties. Let Jo introduce you to the Monte Cristo which was enough to make me want to brave the chilly, overcast morning and drive to Wild Rose right now. Three layers of melty Swiss cheese, 2 layers of ham on french toast, served with breakfast marmalade and fresh fruit garnish.
Monte Cristo toastie. Image from cafe Facebook page.
There is also the Figgy Piggy; bacon, fig conserve, and double cream brie. It is happiness on a toastie. You can even add creamy Danish Blue for a little extra. As Jo says, for when you need more than just a toastie.
Wild Rose Cottage Cafe nestled in the burbs
The café operates from an old fashioned shop front. It sits peacefully in the burbs with greenery and quirky pieces here and there in the courtyard. I was served with speed and grace on my first visit and I can tell you that the food has made sure it will not be my last. Now, if you'll excuse me, all this has made me hungry. See you at Wild Rose Cottage Café.