Lunch@Cattows Farm, Heather

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.


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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