We will be CLOSED both bank holiday Monday's in May:

Monday 6th May - CLOSED

Monday 27th May - CLOSED


Knead Food was established by Sue & Alan back in May 2007, having gone from strength to strength since. Now having been in business more than 10 years we are now a key part in our local community, with many everyday regulars and new customers that come back time after time.

Our indoor cafe seats 100 and our patio seats 70, looking out onto a small outdoor play area, our resident goats, pigs and chickens, looking further onto lovely Essex open countryside. We have disabled access from the car park into the cafe and onto the patio with disabled facilities.

We have recently added 'The Shed' restaurant which is a private dining area seating up to 35 people. Here we  hold private parties.

We make pretty much everything that you see within our establishment, with our ovens fired up early in the morning to bake fresh bread for the day, followed quiches, our daily specials and a wide variety of cakes. Wherever possible we use local producers for our stock and ingredient’s just a few of our local suppliers are:
Priors Hall Farm, Great Dunmow
Humphreys of Great Leighs
Eggs from Felstead​​

Our menus cater for a wide variety and we do our best to cater for as many as possible. We have a wide selection of gluten and sugar free cakes, a large selection of vegetarian options and we are also introducing vegan options. If you have any dietary requirements/intolerances please talk to one of our members of staff who will be happy to assist you with what you can/can't eat.

We are situated in the same building as The Blue Egg who are host to a wide variety of gifts and goodies, also home to a Post Office. Attached to The Blue Egg is Cherry Picked Flowers; a designer floristry at affordable prices for all occasions. Just across the car park from us is The Nurture Barn; an indoor and outdoor play venue. Finally at the back of the car park is Bardfield Garden Centre offering a wide range of shrubs and plants as well as stocking a wide range of equipment and products to help you in the garden.


  1. Light lunches
    Light lunches
    light lunches are served from 12.00 - 3.30 (3.00 on Sunday's) These include quiche of the day. Our famous Sausage Rolls.Toasted Ciabattas.Soup and much more...
  2. Cakes and Biscuits
    Cakes and Biscuits
    A wide selection of cakes and biscuits including many gluten free options are available to eat in or take away.
  3. Fresh bread
    Fresh bread
    We bake White and Granary Bread (low Gi) on a daily basis. We offer a 100% Organic Sourdough loaf 3 times a week.