7 Rural cafes worth the drive
In the sticks and desperate to find for a decent cortado, or a townie in search of some rural refreshment? Either way here's our pick of Northants' best rural cafes worth a schlep.
Uncle Geordie’s Shed, Evenley Wood Garden
We get excited just thinking about this fab little gem of a cafe. It is really a very big, posh log cabin with open sides, so on a chilly day you will need your coats and hats on, but do not be put off. From the chunky oak tables to the vintage china, everything about this lovely cafe is dreamy, and we haven’t even got around to the food and drink yet. Homemade, organic dishes, local produce and gorgeous cakes, and it’s set in the bucolic Evenley Wood Garden. Well worth a season ticket purchase.
The Workhouse, Brixworth
Set in a former Victorian workhouse in the bustling village of Brixworth, The Workhouse blends industrial chic style with country charm to bring you amazing coffee courtesy of Northants’ very own Yellow Bourbon Coffee Roasters, as well as delumptious cakes. The brunch menu is pretty seductive, our fave has got to be the sweetcorn fritters with smashed avo, cherry toms and poached eggs, but the porridge with mixed seeds and nuts or apple and pear compote is not too shabby either. Brixworth Country Park and Pitsford Reservoir are a hop, skip and jump away for walking, cycling and watersports.
Harley Equestrian, Woodford Halse
This well-hidden cafe and lifestyle store is part of a sprawling and stylish equestrian supplier, but don’t be put off if you don’t know your hay net from your hair net because the cafe alone is worth going out of your way for. They serve to-die-for Aga-cooked quiche, panini, bacon and eggs, freshly baked bread and cakes, and the biggest hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows known to womankind. There are also gorgeous homewares, toiletries and accessories and the Mudlets will love petting the horses and goats.
Forge Coffee, Culworth and Evenley
With branches in Culworth and Evenley both offering amazing coffee from The Roasting Party, there is really no need to dash to Monmouth Street for you caffeine fix or make do with mediocre. You’ll also find a cheeky selection of cakes, pies and soups to tickle your fancy at Forge. Evenley stocks a good range of local produce to take home, whilst Culworth offers cards and crafts. There are also loads of events going on at both locations from flower arranging workshops to chess nights, art exhibitions to live music, and plenty of gorgeous country walks nearby, so chuck your wellies in the boot and off you go.
Pohutokawa, Long Buckby
When your dear Muddy editor resided in The Land of the Long White Cloud (that’s New Zealand btw) for a year or two it was, admittedly, a coffee awakening. People, the Kiwis do not joke when it comes to a rich roast so, as you might imagine, Pohutokawa (named after the flowering NZ tree) serve a divine flat white with their smashes avocados. You can even take your pet pooch along to this colourful family-run coffee shop.
The King’s Head, Spratton
If only there were more village pubs like Muddy fave The King’s Head. This top notch gastro pub isn’t content with providing the best burgers in the business, it has to go and open a coffee shop too. Grab a cooked brekkie, light lunch, or just pop on for coffee and cakes from Wellingborough’s very own The Little Bakery of Happiness. They are just up the road from Coton Manor Gardens and the resplendent Queen Anne Cottesbrooke Hall (open May-Sept) so why not make a day of it?
The Flight Deck, Turweston
Chocks away! At The Flight Deck at Turweston Airfield you can watch the planes as they take off and land from this glass-walled cafe with an outdoor terrace looking out across the lake and runway and the surrounding pretty Northants countryside beyond. Epic homemade cakes and daily specials are on the menu, the cheddar rarebit and the halloumi burger are mouth-watering. You can even order a doggy breakfast for the furry family member.