• Images from Bear & Eden
  • Images from Bear & Eden
  • Images from Bear & Eden
  • Images from Bear & Eden

WHAT

Café

WHERE

M11, Junction 8; 7 mins

WHEN

Mon-Weds 10am-3pm
Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

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    Kid friendly

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    Free WiFi for visitors

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    Vegetarian or vegan options

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    Gluten-free options

M11

The brick and clap-board exterior of Bear & Eden does little to prepare you for the striking beamed ceiling once you’ve ducked through the door. It crowns the newly refurbished and family-friendly café below, set up by a primary school teacher and oil trader couple who were looking for a family-friendly spot to eat with their kids.

The result is a stylish space with a Montessori-style play area at one end, alive with parents, children and locals. There’s a quieter space downstairs for a more grown-up-centred visit, which is conveniently close to the counter from where you can keep yourself in a steady supply of excellent coffee – iced, frothed or straight up.

Food is freshly prepared and supplied by local producers, from the creative scotch eggs (arancini and mozzarella; macaroni cheese) to vegan muffins and falafel wraps.

If you’re early for Stansted flights, or waiting to pick someone up, this is infinitely superior to a bland chain or a sandwich in the short-stay.

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Bear & Eden,
Brewery Barn, 31 Lower Street, Stansted,
CM24 8LN
Email - info@bearandeden.com
Web - www.bearandeden.com

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