Those visiting Toovey’s for our pre-sale viewing and auctions in February and March will have noticed that our in-house café is undergoing change.
Toovey’s are pleased to welcome Will Murgatroyd to the café. Will previously ran and owned The Meadow in Hove having worked in kitchens across Sussex and in London. Will is keen to develop an exciting new menu for visitors, reflecting the traditions of the café. Rupert Toovey often jokes that people only come for the food in the café, nothing to do with the antiques and fine art!
Will quips ‘Rupert virtually put it in my contract that “Ma Toovey’s famous rock cakes” and the “lemon drizzle cake” remained on the menu as they reminded him of his time at university,’ he continues, ‘Eccles cakes will also remain as they remind Alan Toovey of his late mother who made the best Eccles cakes around!’ Alongside these firm family and customer favourites this month are delicious home-made egg custard tarts and a gloriously fudgy gluten-free flourless chocolate cake; both of which the team at Toovey’s would heartily recommend. A home-made apple crumble tart was revealed today that also looks incredible.
The Toovey’s café continues to serve a breakfast menu all day, offering a toasted tea cake or the customer favourite of a bacon and egg sandwich.
The café is still very much in a transitional phase and Will is looking forward to introducing new items to the menu every month on a rotational basis, often looking at the seasons for inspiration. Those wanting a light lunch are offered a variety of sandwiches and rolls, including this month a traditional egg mayonnaise and cress sandwich or a goat’s cheese, roasted pepper and rocket roll. Also on offer are roasted shallot, brie and rosemary tarts and a meaty home-made sausage roll. The seasonal options in March are a spring pea and watercress soup with ricotta, and a seasonal vegetable and cous cous salad.
We appreciate that some favourites are not currently available, but Will hopes that they will make an appearance on a more rotational basis in the future. We are also aware people sometimes can be a little hesitant towards change, but hope that once you have tried some of the delicious offerings in the café all will be forgiven and forgotten!
Please note: the café is only open when we are open for viewing and on our sale days.