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Review: Mudlarks Garden Café, Hertford

PUBLISHED: 22:49 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 22:49 01 May 2017

Mudlarks Cafe, Hertford

Mudlarks Cafe, Hertford

sharon struckman

Award-winning café Mudlarks is at the heart of Hertford in more ways than one, Sharon finds

This quirky little place decorated like a spring garden has been serving delicious homemade vegetarian and vegan savouries, cakes and pastries since opening its doors in Hertford in 2014.

Wherever possible Mudlarks Garden Café uses produce grown on its allotment at Cromwell Road in the town and other produce grown sustainably and organically from local suppliers, as well as from the Fairtrade network.

Mudlarks is run by a committee of volunteers with experience in a wide range of areas including special needs education and training, accountancy, human resources, art and design, publishing, counselling and horticulture. The aim of the café and allotment is to support people with learning disabilities and mental health issues by giving them the opportunity to learn and work in the community. There are 30 members of staff who work on the allotment site as part of the community gardening team, in the café and in the office.

The café is open for special events such as music nights, pop-up dining events, ticket-only special events and private parties. It also boasts an eclectic collection of works by local artists that you can feast your eyes on while enjoying your refreshments. The Hertford Food Swap, where people trade homegrown, homemade or foraged foods with each other (no money changes hands), is held upstairs on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30-11.30am.

I’m sure you will agree with me that Mudlarks were deserving winners of the Service to the Community category in the 2016 Hertfordshire Life Food and Drinks Awards.

Mudlarks Garden Café can be found at 10 Railway Street, Hertford and is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm. For more information, go to


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