The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Category: Eating Out

11 Lovely Lunch Venues for Mother’s Day Sorted!

17 Mar 2017

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.

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Let Them Eat Cake! 12 Mother’s Day Afternoon Teas

12 Mar 2017

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.

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Three cheers for Warwickshire’s Rural Oscars winners!

27 Feb 2017

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.

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Have a Flipping Fantastic Shrove Tuesday!

27 Feb 2017

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?

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Yum! Early Pancake Party, Fargo Village, Sat Feb 25

22 Feb 2017

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.

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Eat Here: The Saxon Mill, Warwick

13 Feb 2017

The Saxon Mill’s had a makeover of epic proportions and Muddy Stilettos Warwickshire couldn’t wait to totter in for a pre-opening nose.

This attractive stone gastropub in a former 12th Century mill has a wonderful riverside location, a working watermill and views over Guy’s Cliffe. It’s a five minutes’ drive from Warwick town centre on the busy Coventry Road.

My friend Elizabeth finished work early to join me for a 2-course lunch.

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Leamington Spa’s Awesome Coffee Architects

6 Feb 2017

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.

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Don’t worry about a Thing: Have a Marley Mojito!

6 Feb 2017

As Muddy Warwickshire launches today on Bob Marley’s birthday, Mon Feb 6, I know where I’m heading – straight to Leamington’s Turtle Bay for an all-day 2 ‘4’ 1 on Marley Mojitos. It’s made with Appleton Estate Special Jamaican rum, green melon liqueur, fresh mint, watermelon and home-made ginger beer … how good does that sound on a Monday? No need to struggle with dry January anymore.

Here’s 4 seriously hot Caribbean joints where you can satisfy cravings for Jamaican jerk, fried plantain and rice & peas…

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