M1, Junction 20; 2 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Delicious, field-fresh food is served in a rustic, wiggly-roofed Victorian stable block. Breakfasts are filling and tasty; the menu changes frequently to take advantage of seasonal produce, much of it organic. Expect homemade soups, quiches (with inventive fillings such as smoked mackerel, beetroot and horseradish), jacket potatoes and generously filled baguettes, which can be washed down with a local beer. Cakes are freshly baked by the in-house chef and feature flavours such as blueberry and marzipan or chocolate orange.
The café is colourful and homely. Furniture is painted bright colours and there’s a bookshelf full of games and books to pass the time. Walls are decorated with local arts and crafts, which you can buy along with baked goodies – the scones are highly regarded.
In winter the wood-burner is fired up; come summer the doors are flung open to a peaceful courtyard with pots of flowers and a canopy for shade. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.