We are on our way to Yorkshire and decide to stop at Cattows Farmshop for lunch. Nestled in the Leicestershire countryside, not too far from the M1, this appears to be an ideal location to break our journey. The farm has been around for more than 100 years and, when we arrive, it is clear that the farm shop and tea room are popular.
Rock has a Belvoir raspberry lemonade and I have a Blue Fox ale from the Loughborough based Charnwood Brewery. The lemonade is ok but the Blue Fox is an excellent and refreshing golden ale with some fruity notes.
I choose one of the specials from the blackboard – Grasmere sausages with creamy mash, onion gravy, peas, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Great sausages, fresh veg and good gravy all freshly cooked. Simple but beautiful. Rock has a properly baked potato (not microwaved) with a good chilli and a side salad.
Portions were generous and the service was friendly and helpful. If you want to break your journey along the M1 and you are looking for something better than a service station – this is a great place to consider.