Saturday mornings are the busiest time of the week for the small market town of Ramsey in the heart of the Cambridgeshire fens. The area’s farmers arrive early to set up a vegetable market and, as the town fills up with local shoppers, baskets and bags in-hand, Wild Frost Cafe & Flower Shop is soon bustling with friends keen to catch up over tea and cake.
As you walk in, the scent of fresh blooms draws your eyes to the far corner from which the owner, Louise Sanderson, runs her floristry service. Next is the aroma of both savoury and sweet treats to choose from – most of the ingredients for which are supplied by Cambridgeshire-based producers, as are, where possible, the flowers. From sandwiches filled with roast beef and horseradish, and artisan cheeses from a nearby deli to creations from Tom’s Cakes, an independent bakery and patisserie in nearby Somersham, which uses free-range eggs, British sugar and locally milled flour. The counter is filled with its temptations, from chocolate and Guinness loaf, and red velvet cupcakes to scones to enjoy with jam and clotted cream – all served on mismatched vintage china.
A hub for the community, Wild Frost Cafe runs themed days such as ‘Toddler Tuesdays’, when younger members of the community can enjoy miniature treats and their parents are offered discounts on refreshments. Similarly ‘Abbey Hour’, named after the local secondary school, Ramsey Abbey, offers students discounted hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows on their way home.