Wistow is a cute little hamlet in the south of Leicester, home to the popular attraction – Wistow Maze. I’ve been longing to explore this maize field, but even with the great summer we’ve had this year, I still haven’t managed to go 😩. The rural centre is a charming getaway with plenty of shops for a leisurely browse with a huge garden centre to get lost in. There is also a deli stocked full of fresh local produce and a model village to keep everyone entertained. We love that this idyllic place is very local, yet secluded enough to feel like you’ve ventured to the distant countryside.
The focal point for us was the quaint cafe/ bistro. It serves up fresh breakfasts, lunches and a variety of homemade cakes. They also do a yummy-looking afternoon tea but that requires advance booking. On the Sunday morning the place was busy with families enjoying a day out. There were also lots of cyclists rewarding themselves with a hearty breakfast after a morning ride.
This feast consisted of a homemade vegetarian sausage, hash brown, scrambled eggs, beans, mushrooms, mashed avocado, a wedge of tomato and toast! The vegetarian sausage was made of peas, carrots, sweetcorn and potato – all encased in a crispy coating. The eggs and avocado were creamy, going well with the dark earthy mushrooms and tomatoey beans. It’s not an exotic ground-breaking breakfast, but more of a quality classic English breakfast. It’s predictable enough to keep the locals happy, and adventurous enough to keep us millennials interested 😅.
Beetroot Wrap with Hummus
This was another substantial meal, enough for 2 people. The red beetroot wrap made it enticing and it was jam packed with hummus and salad. There was also a big portion of fresh salad on the side, homemade coleslaw and a helping of crunchy crisps to add more texture and savouriness to the meal.
We highly recommend Wistow as a lazy day out when you’re looking for somewhere to go and something to do but don’t want to go far. There are lots of things to look at and you might just be tempted to purchase a few items. The cafe offers great no-nonsense comfort food that is sure to keep you satisfied for hours, and the homemade cakes are absolutely delicious. As afternoon tea lovers we are already planning our next visit to sample their 3 tiers of freshly made sandwiches, scones and sweets.