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Plane Cuisine arrives in Verwood

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

Jacqui Cruse, left and Louisa Evans outside Plane Cuisine. MB Photo

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VERWOOD'S newest cafe might be called Plane Cuisine, but the menu is far from plain.

The name was thought up joint owners, Jacqui Cruse and Louisa Evans, who were managers at London Heathrow's Terminal 4 before moving to Terminal 5.

They loved their jobs, but wanted to get out of London and to do something very different.

So having found an empty betting shop, they set about turning it into a welcoming cafe which opened on 3rd December.

They chose Verwood because of its easy accessibility to Heathrow, but are confident they've made the right choice.

"We just love it here, and the people are so friendly," said Jacqui, who stands in for the chef when needed.

They soon discovered that people like to pop in for breakfast and so they open at 8.30am offering a full English or smaller variations.

"We like the food we cook to be healthy, so we don't fry anything," Jacqui said.

Plane Cuisine has become a firm favourite with people who enjoy a good coffee or a variety of teas, which includes loose leaf served in a glass tea pot.

At lunchtime, as well as the dish of the day, there is the choice of home made soup served with fresh bread, sandwiches ranging from beef with horseradish and beetroot chutney to coronation chicken, paninis, jacket potatoes and tartlets.

And if you're in a hurry they have freshly prepared sandwiches and snacks to takeway.

Wi-fi is available free of charge and in the summer people will be able to sit outside. They are also applying for a drinks licence.

All the meals are home prepared and cooked and where possible the ingredients are bought locally. For instance meat comes from Bill Andrews in Verwood, and milk from English herds. All the cakes are home made by a local woman and cream teas will be on the menu in the summer.

Mayor's visit

This Saturday 19th January, the Mayor of Verwood, Councillor Simon Gibson is coming to Plane Cuisine at 10am to open it officially.

For that day only they will be serving all-day breakfasts and there will be soup tasting with a competition to name the flavour of a soup. The prize is a framed picture of Concorde, as Jacqui and Louisa had once been on team of that supersonic passenger airliner.

Marilyn Barber


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