The countdown is on to Mother’s Day on Sunday March 26 and if you haven’t organised anything yet, allow me to me lend a hand — lest you end up in Burger King. I’ve pulled together a selection of 11 fab places across the county for a laid-back brunch or Sunday lunch guaranteed to keep you in her good books (no cooking or washing up required!).
The Bell in Alderminster
This award-wining gastropub in the centre of picturesque Alderminster, close to Stratford-upon-Avon, is part of the historic Alscot Estate.
Treat your mum to a lavish spread at one of these top hotels or a quirky cuppa in a vintage Warwickshire tea room.
Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden, near Solihull
Award-winning afternoon tea is served in the Manor’s pastel clad Parlour, a theatrical lounge where a tea sommelier explains specialist teas crafted in single-batch from various artisan family-run gardens. The Lailani & Co teas fuse the traditional with a modern twist and afternoon tea includes seasonal fresh produce with an innovative edge.
I popped over to have a scout round Coventry’s Fargo Village over the weekend to bring you this little whistle-top tour and a snapshot of what’s to expect this spring…
Located in part of the city that’s still undergoing considerable regeneration, it’s off Far Gosford Street which used to be part of the red-light district when I first moved from Cardiff to neighbouring Stoke in Coventry with my husband many moons ago – pre-children.
Have you been to the new cafe-bar in the row of shops opposite Lawrence Sherriff boy’s grammar school in Rugby?
It’s been quietly running for three months now but I finally made it down during half-term and loved it.
Three is a small, stylishly decked out independent family-run bistro, cafe, bar and cakery with Made.com furniture. I love the navy and white colour scheme, minimalist interiors and those lampshades.
Never mind the 2017 Oscars, we’re talking about the Midlands’ rural Oscars! The winners of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards were announced earlier this week.
And the joint Midlands Champion in the Local Food & Drink category were…(drum roll) Hiller’s Farm Shop, Dunnington, near Alcester and Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire.
Napton Village Stores, Post Office and Cafe in the village of Napton-on-the-Hill, near Southam won Midlands Champion in the Village shop/Post Office category.
Yay, it’s Shrove Tuesday! Today in Warwick, there’ll be Pancake Races between 1pm and 3pm as adult teams and primary school children keep up the tradition in Market Square. The Globe will be supplying hot pancakes; and Wetherspoon’s pub, The Thomas Lloyd, will be brewing hot drinks to keep everyone warm. But if you’re not flipping your own, where can you find the best pancakes in Warwickshire and beyond? Here’s 11 places to choose from…
Coffee Architects, Leamington Spa
How amazing do these blueberry and ricotta pancakes look?
Spring is in the air as Half Term draws to an end. This week sees a particularly cheery mix of roots and reggae, a family rave, pancakes, theatre, music and art. Enjoy.
RSC Writer & Director Talk: Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Wed March 1
Director Justin Audibert (Jew of Malta) and writer Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig will be offering a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes creative process of Chinese fable Snow in Midsummer from the rehearsal room to design choices and characterisation.
This year Shrove Tuesday falls on February 28 but if you fancy celebrating Pancake Day a little earlier check out the choice of pancakes at Fargo Village, Coventry’s new creative quarter full of independent food traders, this Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Pancake Party, Fargo Village, Sat Feb 25
Nicky’s Totally Vegan cafe based at Fargo Village, will be serving up traditional Vegan Pancakes with sugar and lemon, or fresh fruit including bananas, blueberries, apples, blackberries and more seasonal fruit from £2.
Blow away the cobwebs with a breath of fresh air. Here’s my pick of the best local heritage properties, country parks, nature reserves, gardens and grounds.
Half Term Welly Wander, Draycote Water
Pick up a free trail leaflet filled with interesting facts and puzzles to keep kids entertained walking around the 5-mile reservoir before a play in the play area. Then warm up with a hot drink in the Waterside Restaurant with stunning views over Draycote or the lovely Toft Alpaca Coffee Shop (closed Mon & Tue), which serves locally sourced food and drink.
My hairdresser in Leamington first tipped me off about Coffee Architects in Warwick Street, not long after it opened in the summer of 2014. A bit of a hipster, he enthused infectiously about the coffee, the cakes – “the best in Leamington” – and the amazing salads. As a coffee lover I couldn’t resist.
This small Scandi-style independent family-run cafe is always busy and the Flat White, served in a glass tumbler on a turquoise saucer, is just the best.