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Stock Pot Cafe

The sustainable rural Warwickshire cafe with a conscience and a Muddy Award Finalist to boot!

THE LOCATION

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.

THE VIBE

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 second re-furnished larger space

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 table with a View

WI hand-knitted charity t-pot cosies.

THE FOOD

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.

Cecie enjoying her sparkling Raspberry juice. Tom had a Mocha while I had a frothy cappuccino.

Cecie’s Crayfish, Bloody Mary Mayonnaise and rocket sandwich with home-made Roast Tomato and Lentil soup-in-a-cup

Tom was very impressed with his Pan-fried Rib of Beef Toasted Ciabatta & saute Red Onions, Field Mushroom with Red Wine Sauce. “Messy – but very tasty!”was his verdict.

My very yummy Crispy Portobello Mushroom burger with Guacamole, Roasted Red Peppers, salad and fries.

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.

Gratuitous cake shot: Salted Caramel and walnut. We divided this between three and it was as delicious as it looks.

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).

KID-FRIENDLY?

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

Enjoy some of the more interesting planting in and around 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

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum – winner of the 2010 Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award

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

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2 comments on “Stock Pot Cafe”

  • Tracey Kendall July 18, 2017

    My partner and I love eating at the stock pot ,food is amazing and delicious.
    All the staff are so friendly and make you feel like nothings to much to ask for.
    The place is spotless and relaxing.

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  • Margaret Howden July 20, 2017

    Always good food no matter what time of day. Have experienced Sunday breakfast, a 90th birthday lunch and cake and coffee.

    Lovely relaxed atmosphere even when very busy

    Reply

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