Kay's cracking caf A unique west cumbrian caf has been named one of the top 50 in the uk. Merienda in cockermouth features in the independent's best uk cafs after judges were impressed by the relaxed atmosphere and long list of local suppliers. "Seventy per cent of our produce is from the area and we are taking part in the local produce festival in may.We are already planning a special menu and really wanted to have everything made from local ingredients that week. " Kay said they recently made some modifications to the menu following feedback from their regular customers. "It is a bit different from what you would normally expect.There is a lot of choice and you can add your own twist,"She added. Typical examples include sandwiches, made from fresh bread from nearby bryson's bakery, with two fillings and a locallyproduced chutney. Alternatively, customers could opt for a jacket potato with fillings of their choice, or homebake ralph lauren mens shirts soup. Fillings range from traditional meats and relishes to continental delicacies, such as sundried tomatoes. Salad vegetables are all organically grown at the nearby tarn close market garden, just outside cockermouth. The range of coffees are made ralph lauren t shirts with a fair trade blend and as a member of the coffee association of europe, staff have to stick to a strict technique for a perfect cup. Merienda also opens late for jazz home music and tapas. The cockermouth caf was featured in the independent's weekend supplement, the information, which has regular 'top 50' features. The best caf list puts merienda in the same league as some of the country's most recognised coffee shops and cafes, including some of central london's favourites. Merienda was named at number 49, while the only other cumbrian entry the watermill caf at caldbeck was placed at 39.