New cafe for Golden Triangle

A new cafe specialising in organic and local produce has opened in the Golden Triangle.

The Nectar, in Onley Street, has been opened by Jo Balfe, who has a passion for making locally-sourced cakes, chocolates, sandwiches, salads, soups and smoothies which are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.

Miss Balfe, who lives in Costessey, honed her unusal cooking skills and menu working for a raw food farmers market in Australia.

The 27-year-old said: 'I learnt how to make all these different types of cakes and smoothies. When I came back I continued doing it and adapting them to our local produce and climate.

'People starting asking me to run workshops and I held the first in May last year and it spread by word of mouth from there.

'I then started catering for a yoga teacher for her retreats and then when this place became available in June I decided it was time to give it a go.'

The cafe boasts an unusual bike-powered blender if customers should wish to use pedal power to make their own smoothies.

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Miss Balfe uses produce from local food growers and Norwich Farm Share and while she does stock dairy milk, she also makes her own milk from almonds.

The cafe will host raw food workshops, where people can learn how to make their own raw healthy cakes, chocolates, or how to start growing their own kitchen garden.

Miss Balfe also hopes to open up the space for other workshops, craft groups and talks.

The cafe will be open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with workshops running some evenings.

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