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Muddy eats: The Workhouse

This Brixworth hotspot takes brunching to a whole new level...

THE LOWDOWN:

Originally the building was used as a workhouse that was built in 1836, but fast forward hundreds of years and give it a total transformation and it’s now the coffee shop in the heart of Brixworth. It’s a place to come and eat, drink, relax, catch up with friends and family or just sit by yourself and people watch (the breakfast bar facing out onto the high street is perfect for that).

Serving brunch, lunch and delicious sweet treats 7 days a week, The Workhouse is a whole different vibe from its baby brother The Little Workhouse just a few roads down, which is  takeaway and more of a bacon buttie vibe as opposed to smashed avocado. The Workhouse has a great ethos of being socially responsible, ensuring packaging they use is almost always biodegradable and the coffee is Fairtrade. They donate regularly to local charities and keep food waste down a minimum.  

THE VIBE: 

On just an average Tuesday late morning, the coffee shop was full with a mix of people – groups nattering over coffee, families enjoying brunch – it’s a place that suits anyone and everyone. From stylish and fashionable armchairs, to rustic, urban tables and chairs, there’s a whole bunch of seating and the décor is very instagrammable (the monochrome wall is definitely a perfect backdrop for snaps). Inside is a no dog zone, but no fear, you can use their outdoor seating to hang with the pooch. The atmosphere is relaxed with all of the staff serving up great tasting food with a smile. It definitely has that community spirit serving the locals and Northants bods travelling further afield, because dear reader, word has already spread. 

SCOFF & QUAFF: 

The menu is a perfect size, not too much so you spend ages trying to decide what you like but definitely an option for all with a bunch of flavours and styles to suit even the pickiest taste buds (offering gluten free ingredients too). There’s a kid’s menu and the drinks menu doesn’t disappoint either; from coffees and teas to smoothies and freakshakes (kids will absolute love them!). 

The owners and chefs want to offer more than just a typical bacon bap so they always experiment with flavours and take influences from across the globe. The chefs have cut their teeth in fine dining, and it works just perfectly (an amazing onion roux in the Chorizo Hash is amazing). Using locally sourced produce (their veg comes Troops, just across the road and their fresh bread from Tees bakery) the chefs want to build relationships within the community and ensure everything is fresh and homemade; “good tasty honest food” that caters for everyone. 

We went for The Workhouse Breakfast with a slice of black pud and The Workhouse Hash with a Pash N Shoot and Kale Kick smoothie to wash it down. Both were incredible, cooked just right, bursting with flavour and the portions were spot on. They didn’t leave us feeling too full to stand up but fuelled us for the day ahead.  

Here’s the freakshake we mentioned earlier, doesn’t it just look incredible.

Good job we had a little room left as we treated ourselves to the selection of treats they have, from brownies to sausage rolls to loooooads more. Customers just keep returning time and time again and after trying it on for size, we can totally see why.

OUT AND ABOUT: 

Not too far from The Workhouse is Brixworth Country Park that’s sat next to Pitsford Water, where you can either walk, run or cycle off the food. There’s a play area for the kids, a fishing lodge and just lovely walks up to the water

Just over a 10-minute drive is Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens, a beautiful and traditional Queen Anne house dating from 1702.

The Muddy Verdict:

Good for: Anyone who likes a great value brunch that doesn’t compromise on quality. There were walkers, cyclists, new Mums, workers, couples and big groups of people when we were there. It’s a great size so buggies and wheelchairs are manageable. Daily specials mean you can get a lovely lunch, as well as brunch, and it’s changed daily.

Not for: I can’t imagine anyone not liking The Workhouse. If it’s really cold outside, it might not be for dog owners as pooches aren’t allowed in, but you can enjoy your food and drink outside with them in a sizeable seated area.

The damage: £6 for a full English/£3.50 for granola and yoghurt; totally amazing prices for the quality and care and attention of the food! We’ve already been back after the review visit and will be back again!

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