We are extremely lucky to be the home of Grub Kitchen: the UK’s first full-time edible insect café/restaurant. However, it’s not just insects on the menu and the main ethos of Grub Kitchen is serving freshly-cooked, full-flavoured, local and sustainable food. Vegetarian, vegan and children’s dishes are available.
Grub Kitchen is open when the Bug Farm is open. Lunch is served from 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm (until 3:30 pm during school holidays) and teas, coffees and cakes are available all day.
Founded by award-winning chef Andy Holcroft in 2015, Grub Kitchen has been met with rave reviews since opening, with visitors coming from all over the UK and further afield to try the fare. Delicious edible insect dishes include VEXo bolognese and of course the famous Cricket Cookies.
Grub Kitchen welcomes diners who are not wanting to visit The Bug Farm too. However, all diners must still sign in at The Bug Farm Ticket Office on arrival. Priority is given to Bug Farm customers and, if the site is full and you haven’t booked into The Bug Farm online in advance of your visit, you may be turned away (this generally only happens on rainy days in school holidays). As table space is limited, there may also be a wait for a table on busy days. Grub Kitchen is currently not taking bookings and is operating on a first-come-first-served basis.
In order to limit the number of people onsite in light of the current global pandemic, during the summer holidays, Grub Kitchen was open to Bug Farm customers only. We will reassess the situation for the 2021 Easter and summer holidays and let you know nearer to the time if you can visit Grub Kitchen without visiting The Bug Farm.
We have some outdoor picnic benches if you want to eat outside or plan to bring your own picnic with you. Due to demand for table space, there is nowhere indoors to eat picnics.
Changes due to the Covid-19 situation
Andy and his team have made a number of changes to Grub Kitchen to keep diners feeling safe and secure. Aside from the enhanced sanitising and cleaning and front of house staff wearing face coverings, they have reduced the number of tables indoors, increased outdoor seating, put up screens and ask for contactless payments where possible.
Depending on the regulations at the time, food may be served in compostable take-away boxes with bamboo cutlery or on plates. To reduce the use of single-use cups, Grub Kitchen operates a #ContactlessCoffee service, so please bring your reusable mug or cup/bottle for cold drinks with you.
Everyone visiting Grub Kitchen will be required to sign in at The Bug Farm and wear a face covering while waiting for food. For more information, please see our ‘How to visit us’ guidelines.