Monday, 18 October 2021

Cafe goes from Herb Farm to old pub

A COFFEE shop has moved from Sonning Common to Peppard.

A COFFEE shop has moved from Sonning Common to Peppard.

Daisy’s opened on Monday at the former Dog Inn after relocating from the Herb Farm. It is now known as Daisy’s At The Dog.

Owner Beverley Dobson said: “It’s wonderful to have moved. We had outgrown the Herb Farm three years ago. There’s a much bigger, professional kitchen here so the menu range has grown. We have more seating and a garden.”

Daisy’s had been based at the Herb Farm since May 2006 when it was opened by then Henley MP Boris Johnson. It had moved from Duke Street in Henley, where the business began in the Nineties.

Mrs Dobson, 53, of Green Lane, Sonning Common, said: “It was always a balancing act at the Herb Farm to ensure families were welcome without inconveniencing those customers who came for a quiet, relaxing time. I believed this facility will solve that dilemma because of its size.”

The Herb Farm now plans to open its own coffee shop around Easter time. It will be called The Herb Kitchen.

Manager Craig Woods said: “We have decided that the time is right to open our own coffee shop. We are going to be selling home-made bread and locally made cakes.”

The pub site was formerly Italian restaurant Ristorante Reno, which opened in Febraury last year but closed in November.

Before that it was the Ruchetta restaurant.

The property has a three-bedroom flat upstairs.

Mrs Dobson wants to know more about the older history of the Grade II listed property, which is thought to have been built around 1750.

Anyone with photos, information or stories should visit the coffee shop.

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