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Farm cafe that champions local produce put up for sale

PUBLISHED: 16:44 28 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:06 01 December 2019

The Broken Egg Cafe and Farm Shop when it openedf in 2016 with Nathalie and Kevin Renaut. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Broken Egg Cafe and Farm Shop when it openedf in 2016 with Nathalie and Kevin Renaut. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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A popular cafe set up as an offshoot of a free-range chicken farm has been put up for sale with its owners hoping it will continue to champion local farm-to-fork produce.

The Broken Egg Cafe in Harleston where the menu uses of local produce. Picture: Broken Egg CafeThe Broken Egg Cafe in Harleston where the menu uses of local produce. Picture: Broken Egg Cafe

The Broken Egg Cafe opened at Hill Farm in Harleston in 2016 and has built up a loyal customer base with dishes using fresh, locally-sourced produce.

The business, which has four employees, has now been put up for sale and is advertised as "a fantastic opportunity to take on a popular farm café which boasts home cooked food in a warm, relaxing environment".

The cafe was set up by Kevin Renaut and his business partner Nathalie as a way of diversifying the farm, which has been in Mr Renaut's family for four generations.

Mrs Renaut said they hoped new owners could build on its success.

"It has been a really sad decision that we have had to make but we are selling for good reason and with it remaining as a going concern," she said.

"We are looking for someone who has got the same ideas to push the business forward into the future because it has got so much potential.

"A lot of people know it because of its quirky name, the Broken Egg Café. It is a popular little café and the idea is certainly not to turn it into anything else. We will see what happens and where it takes us."

Hill Farm was a dairy farm until 1997 when it became a free-range chicken farm known for selling free-range eggs and the popularity of these first gave Mr Renaut the idea to build a farm shop. It also inspired the cafe name, while the menu uses of local produce including animals from the 50 hectare farm.

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Broken Egg Cafe has been regular venue of the annual Harleston Food and Drink Festival, which celebrates local produce. It is also one of the venues for the breakfast club at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston launched to help students who were missing out on breakfast at home.

The leasehold for the café, which has an extensive outdoor area where visitors can see animals including pygmy goats, is being advertised with an asking price of £140,000.

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