WHEN a Yoga teacher and plumber decided they want to do something different, they meant it!

The only criteria was that it had to be outside surrounded by nature.

The result for Polegate couple Zoe Laughton and Mike Stevens is an amazing new eco-friendly mobile cafe at Butchershole car park in Friston Forest.

It only opened at the end of January and already The Snail and the Chick is proving a huge hit.

Here’s Zoe: “Nature was so healing when recovering from a personal illness, so it was really important in our decision making. We have always had a passion for quality coffee and food and kept talking about how lovely it would be to find a place like this in the forest.

” Asking ourselves, what would we like to see in nature? We soon provided ourselves with an answer.

“We absolutely love what we are doing now, and we are building up the business in time for what we are hoping will be a bumper spring and summer as it gets warmer.

“We pride ourselves on being environmentally-friendly and our aim is to cater for all tastes, including vegans and vegetarians. We also like to have at least one sweet and savoury gluten free option available too. We use local suppliers for our grass-fed meat and milk, where the cows roam freely. We also offer oat and soya milk alternatives.

“We sell cakes and other savoury refreshments, and our food is all freshly prepared by local suppliers.

“We use Liquid Spirit coffee roasters for our bespoke coffee blend and also serve colourful lattes, 100 percent natural teas to include English breakfast and hot chocolates, all made with the finest ingredients.

“At present, we are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am until 3.30pm,, and we may be increasing our hours gradually.

“We are out in nature doing something we love, and we feel very lucky to be able to do this.”

Zoe and Mike have had a great response from locals, including dog walkers.

They also offer free dog treats and a daily affirmation. Almost all of their packaging is fully compostable and they also encourage people to bring their own cup and receive 30p off. 

It’s well worth a visit – for more details you can follow us on our FB page Snail and the Chick, Instagram @snailandthechick – Website coming soon – www.snailandthechick.com