Harvey’s café – ‘A good little venue in a good position’

Phil Harvey of Harvey's, Winslow.'131025M-A456
Phil Harvey of Harvey's, Winslow.'131025M-A456

When the monthly Winslow Farmers’ Market comes to the Market Square on Sunday, the owner of the town’s newest eaterie can hope for one of his best days’ trading yet.

Phil Harvey opened Harvey’s cafe in the former Monique’s, opposite the Market Square, two months ago.

And he told the Advertiser: “The farmers’ market is fantastic. I’ve been here for two of them and they’ve been my best trading days.”

Harvey’s is open from 9am to 4pmMonday to Saturday and from 9am to 2pm on farmers’ market Sundays.

The cafe serves breakfasts until 11.30am, followed by home-made soups and hearty, traditional lunches, such as liver and bacon and beef in beer, as well as teas and home-made cakes.

The cafe has a licence to serve wine and bottled beers with food from 11am.

It also offers a take-away sandwich service.

Mr Harvey, who cooks the food himself, said: “Our emphasis is on consistency of food and quality of service.”

Mr Harvey was for 13 years the owner of the very popular Harvey’s inStewkley, which closed in April 2012.

Sadly, that restaurant saw a drastic fall in trade after the opening of the Stoke Hammond bypass, which meant traffic from Leighton Buzzard to Milton Keynes no longer passed through Stewkley.

When Monique’s became available, Mr Harvey saw it as a good opportunity.

“I’m really pleased,” he said: “I like everything about this place. It’s a good little venue in a good position.

“I think the attraction to Winslow is there are a lot of privately owned shops and there’s a very friendly atmosphere. You can get all your basic needs in the town.”

Harveys is on 01296 707651.