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When the weather is fine, the outdoor tables at Lizzy's Cafe at the Risby Barn Antique Centre offer a relaxing place to enjoy a snack, dessert, coffee or tea. The center is about three miles west of Bury St. Edmunds.
When the weather is fine, the outdoor tables at Lizzy's Cafe at the Risby Barn Antique Centre offer a relaxing place to enjoy a snack, dessert, coffee or tea. The center is about three miles west of Bury St. Edmunds. (Pary Smith / S&S)
When the weather is fine, the outdoor tables at Lizzy's Cafe at the Risby Barn Antique Centre offer a relaxing place to enjoy a snack, dessert, coffee or tea. The center is about three miles west of Bury St. Edmunds.
When the weather is fine, the outdoor tables at Lizzy's Cafe at the Risby Barn Antique Centre offer a relaxing place to enjoy a snack, dessert, coffee or tea. The center is about three miles west of Bury St. Edmunds. (Pary Smith / S&S)
Lizzy's Cafe owner Liz Mason, left, and waitress Annette Sutton pose in the sunlit cafe.
Lizzy's Cafe owner Liz Mason, left, and waitress Annette Sutton pose in the sunlit cafe. (Marni McEntee / S&S)

RISBY — After a taxing afternoon of shopping for items you really don’t need at The Risby Barn, one thing you do need is a Victoria sandwich at Lizzy’s Cafe.

The savory sponge cake is layered with fruit jam and topped with buttery icing, made from scratch by Lizzy’s mother, Dorothy Handford. It’s almost all you could ask for in the way of recovery — except for the full-bodied coffee Lizzy serves with it in deep, oval, stoneware cups.

Lucky for us, Liz Ma- son took over the coffee shop at the barn in January. Before that, she owned the Red Lion Pub in Icklingham, just down the road.

“It’s better than pub life,” Mason said. “It’s quite nice.”

And so is the menu, which varies considerably each day, depending on what local produce is available and what’s growing in the garden of Lizzy’s father, John.

“Anything that’s not (freshly grown), Lizzy makes herself,” waitress Annette Sutton said.

In addition to the cakes, the menu includes a number of sandwiches and baguettes, such as prawn, smoked salmon and cream cheese. Another specialty is Banoffee pie, made with sticky toffee, pudding and clotted cream.

“It’s really naughty,” Sutton said.

The cafe is housed in a one-story, cottagelike building with a glass-and-wood door. Inside, wooden tables are bathed in light from the framed glass windows. Patrons can look straight into the kitchen, where large, clean counters are tailor-made for preparing food, and black flies sit atop the fly-proof cake covers.

Thankfully, the cafe is open seven days a week, from breakfast through afternoon tea, and everything in between.

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