Stock Pot Cafe
The sustainable rural Warwickshire cafe with a conscience and a Muddy Award Finalist to boot!
In the open countryside 5 miles from Coventry and 8 miles from Rugby. The Stock Pot was runner-up in the Best Cafe category of the Muddy Awards in Warwickshire. It adjoins and overlooks Ryton Organic Gardens: good for organic gardeners, the ethically-minded, nature-lovers, families and anyone who enjoys eating in beautiful outdoor spaces. Housed in a red-brick modern building, you’re in for a surprise when you walk through the doors. You’ll be greeted by a lovely, light, airy open plan lay out with floor to ceiling windows offering a stunning panoramic view over the landscaped south-facing organic gardens. Ryton Pools Country Park is a 5-minute drive away and opposite is the highly-recommended New Leaf Fitness and Wellbeing Studio.
Very welcoming and friendly with chic country-style interiors – chalkboard menus rather than laminated, wooden floors, carved wooden tables and chairs with utensils in flower-pot, plus quirky, more relaxed cosy corners with leather sofas, Union Jack cushions, footstools and coffee tables. Here you can enjoy gorgeous garden views, imaginative seasonal dishes and food supplied by some of the best local suppliers.
The Stock Pot is a joint venture by husband-and-wife team Chris and Laura Noblett – who previously ran the very popular Buck and Bell pub in Long Itchington – and their long-time friend William Pritchard. In the past year, I’ve been a couple of times mid-afternoon with two of my mum friends and our kids after walks around Ryton Pools; met a former work colleague for lunch and brought my brother, his wife and their three children. This time I was joined by my husband’s Uncle Tom and cousin Cecie, who were staying with us on a trip over from Canada for an early lunch. Each time it’s filled up very quickly attracting a mix of families, couples and groups of friends. It’s really vibrant and can get very busy.
A fully licensed cafe, it’s open from 8am, 7 days a week. Brekkie is served until 11.30am. and 11am on Sundays. This was the mid-week lunchtime mains board during our visit. There was an incredibly varied range of choice, including 5 vegetarian options, Cornish Mackerel fillets and a Chargrilled 6 oz Aubrey Allen Rump Steak. They serve a selection of sandwiches, light lunches, cakes and coffees until 3.30pm.
Meat is from award-winning Aubrey Allen butchers; and fruit & veg produce is grown at Ryton Organic Gardens wherever possible. Fair trade, organic coffee sourced by Coffee Masters as well as organic teas, organic cakes, breads and treats from Warwickshire’s Revel Bakery, homemade scones and wines supplied by Stratford-based Underwood Wines. Sunday roasts are cooked up every week from noon. Booking ahead is advisable, particularly on weekends.
New dishes for the summer include Polenta-dusted Calamari with Aioli, rocket, sweet chilli dressing coriander salad; Greek salad and Pressed Ham terrine with Apple chutney. Special evening events have included a charity Hillbilly Night, a 3 course Wine-Tasting dinner with Underwood Wines and on Fri Aug 11 there’s a Steak Night (Ring 02476 308213 to book).
Definitely. This is one of the most pleasant kid-friendly cafes, I’ve come across on my travels across Warks with an entire play corner devoted to young children with high-quality toys to entertain young diners once they’ve had enough of sitting at the table. My 3-year-old niece and her 5-year-old brother were completely absorbed. There’s 4 menu selections with a main and dessert for £9. Outside you have Ryton Organic Gardens to let them loose!
RYTON ORGANIC GARDENS
I’d be the first to confess I’m not the best gardener in the world, but I am interested in organic gardening. When my kids were little I often used to bring them to Ryton Organic Gardens as there used to be an interesting free interactive exhibition, The Vegetable Kingdom and summer holiday children’s workshops, then we’d explore (or rather they’d run around at break-neck speeds) all the different varied gardens from the sensory garden to the Allotment garden and wooden playhouse. It’s a safe place for hide-and-seek and a great place to get ideas for your garden. A wide range of gardening courses are run here from Attracting Wildlife to your Garden to Growing Winter Veg, Cutting Edge Veg and on growing more exotic veg. Seed saving and composting advice is also readily available.
OUT & ABOUT
Ryton Pools Country Park has ancient woodland walks, lakes and adventure playground. There’s also a varied all-year-round programme of family-friendly nature-orientated events run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Only 5 miles away is Coventry, one of 5 shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021 – War Memorial Park and neighbouring Earlsdon, Coventry Cathedral, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry Transport Museum, the re-opened Priory Centre, Coventry Music Museum, Warwick Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Absolute – the UK’s only Shop Front Theatre – and Fargo Village are all excellent places to visit. In the opposite direction is Rugby where you can go on a tour of Rugby School, visit Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, go sailing at Draycote Water Reservoir, crafting at Toft Alpaca or browse round shop and bars in the town’s indy quarter.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Organic & locally sourced tasty and imaginative seasonal food/drink, varied menu, beautiful surroundings, lively atmosphere, family-friendly, good kids menu and play corner.
Not for: Anyone preferring a busy, urban or formal environment – this cafe is the middle of the countryside, but still close to the A45. Expect peace and quiet.
The Damage: Reasonable. £5-£11.50 for lunches.
The Stock Pot is open 8am-3.30pm, 7 days a week, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Ryton on Dunsmore, CV8 3LG, thestockpotcafe.co.uk