Quite by accident in 2011, Rich & Adrienne stumbled upon Patchwork Cafe in a wonderful old port in the South of the Isle of Man.
'Right from the beginning it felt like the perfect spot for us, so we focussed hearts and minds on serving good, old-fashioned home cooking and family recipes.
Over the last nine years we've learned loads about carefully sourced seasonal produce from Manx farmers and creameries, brewers and fruity artisans right across the Isle of Man - truly worth celebrating.
The Island is famous for the lush livestock grazing especially Manx Lamb and the wonderful intense Manx Loaghtan lamb - three years on natural herbage and gamier but less fat than modern breeds. Plus local breed beef cattle and Manx pork, which allied to high standards of husbandry and a pasture to plate time measured in minutes, ensures a very high quality product for us to work with.
Wonderfully fresh crab, callig, queenies, king scallops and mackerel caught within sight of the cafe and landed / smoked in Port St Mary harbour.
Our aim? To be a great place to eat, relax and enjoy great Manx produce & home baking prepared with love and served by warm, hospitable staff with a passion for people
Rich & Adrienne Ashcroft x
A Hundred Years of Hospitality
Patchwork was built in 1902 by Sarah Ann Cary, on a plot of land from the Ballacreggin Farm Estate, costing one hundred and seventy pounds sterling. In 1914, the deeds mention a shop, cafe and bakehouse called 'Cafe St. Mary' (the original bakehouse still remains to this day and the trapdoor for the flour is still in place!). In 1952, the new William Joughin Kelly bought the property for seven thousand pounds and renamed it Coole's Cafe. But it wasn't until 1978 that the name Patchwork first appeared. Now we very feel proud as custodians and we love being part of the great tradition of hospitality, baking and food that has been on this site for over a century.
Ever wondered what it might be like to be a bakers apprentice in Patchwork circa 1934?
(With thanks to Graham Shaw and credit: Memories of the past in Rushen. By Kate Rogers published in 1989)