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JAR Preserves- Gourmet Marmalades and Chutneys

Kato Drys village, call Elli on 96476265
Food: [rating:4] 4/5
Service: [rating:4] 4/5
Ambiance: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Finding and promoting these sort of places is why I wanted to start Cypriot and Proud in the first place. This is exactly why we should be proud: because our island gives us the ability in 40 minutes to go from a busy city centre to a small village, where we can enjoy homemade brunch with an extremely large selection of marmalades and jams for 10€.
With no promotion whatsoever, Elli in Kato Drys has managed to make her home-made jams, marmalades and chutneys internationally famous…as if she needs promotion! Her products are of such great quality that word of mouth alone attracts customers .
She makes everything herself in her small kitchen in the village centre, and in order to encourage customers to try out her jams and marmalades she makes brunch for them, accommodating one group of 6-13 people per sitting. Don’t be fooled, it is not a restaurant but more like private dining on the porch of an old house, as you are literally dining on Elli’s veranda. Apart from offering a choice of more than 20 jars of marmalade and jams, she makes home made scones, banana bread that is to die for together with 3 more types of bread, home made halloumi and other cheeses that are truly excellent and a selection of mixed yoghurts with vanilla, nuts, raisins, fruit and marmalade that I could eat every morning for the rest of my life. As if this isn’t enough, she also serves fried eggs and bacon to end the brunch, just in case you are hungry.
She has no idea how good she is and she could easily charge double but she is too humble to do it. Also, by serving brunch for only 10€ she gives people a chance to try her fantastic jams, marmalades and chutneys which cost merely 5.50-6.00€. Needless to say we each left with three jars as I had to take home the raspberry and pure vanilla marmalade, the apricot, amaretto & almond jam and the hot curried tomato chutney. I really wanted to be different and get something like carrot & cinnamon or rum & raisin marmalade, but maybe next time. The only places you can find them are inside Get Fresh sandwiches and, of course, her kitchen/shop in Kato Drys that is worth the 40 minute drive from either Nicosia or Limassol (right before Lefkara).

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