Have visited this cafe several times before and have always enjoyed food and being in the cafe. It has changed somewhat. Firstly, they are very well organized with the sales and queuing system. There was only one other couple waiting so we were served quickly. I ordered a brie and cranberry sandwich, which was given straight to me from a fridge. My husband ordered brie, bacon and cranberry ciabatta which was brought out after a couple of minutes. we also had two cups of tea so our total bill was just over £15. We sat in the actual inside cafe which used to be very pleasant but it seems like all decorations have been removed and it was freezing in there so you didn't want to linger, although maybe that was the idea. I took my sandwich out of the paper bag to find my sandwich wrapped in cling film looking anything but appetising. It just looked like a sandwich you would make at home and take for your packup. My husbands ciabatta however looked a lot better, so much so I wished I'd have chosen it. I know there is a pandemic going on but I, like a previous reviewer didn't find the food value for money. No presentation whatsoever. We definitely won't be returning any time soon.
In October 2020, Venture06813525887 said:
We popped by for a bite to eat and a coffee after a visit to the garden centre today.
It’s a smooth and safe operation they have at Wistow Cafe Bistro.
Order and pay for your food and drinks, take your drink and cake, find a table and your food is bought out to you in no time at all.
We had coffee, tea, a beautiful Oreo cheesecake and some toasties, in fact the best cheese mix my husbands had he said. All of which were perfect. They came out within minutes of finding a table in their lovely warm conservatory. Perfect for those that are trying to keep a social distance and still enjoy a coffee with friends.
You’re doing a fabulous job in these difficult times Wistow.....
In September 2020, MegP1104 said:
Probably my favourite cafe I've ever visited. The bacon, brie and cranberry ciabatta is out of this world - the yummiest treat! The seating area is very quaint and pretty surrounded by colourful flowers all year round. Was so pleased to see this cafe reopen following lockdown - they've really worked hard to make it COVID compliant too. Absolutely faultless as always!
In August 2020, James O said:
We've been to Wistow a few times pre Covid and have always enjoyed the food. After seeing the afternoon tea advertised on their Facebook page, I arranged to collect one to takeaway for 6 people for an outdoor gathering of some work friends. Everyone was delighted with the food; lovely sandwiches, really fresh scones with cream and jam and two pieces of gorgeous cake (the coffee and walnut cake was declared the best ever by those who tried it!). A few days later I popped back with my partner for lunch and we had some really lovely toasties and we went back again yesterday for sandwiches. The covid system they have put in place is about the best I've seen so far. Clearly signposted entrance, lots of space to queue safely, sanitiser at the door and screens to protect everyone when being served. They've clearly worked hard on a system that allows them to serve customers as efficiently as possible. And the staff are always so friendly and polite. There are plenty of outdoor tables to choose from or nice views to take in nearby, if you want to eat in your car. We'll definitely be back as I'm all for supporting local businesses during this difficult time, especially when the food and service is top notch!
In August 2020, Hannah C said:
First trip out post lockdown and what an evening. Beautifull setting watching the sunset, friendly brilliant service and food out of this world. Looking forward to another evening event, Turkish or Mexican??
In August 2020, A_Celt_Abroad said:
19 weeks in lockdown and still counting….
But we can leave the city! She Who Must Be Obeyed’s green fingers were itchy and needed palliation so off to Wistow we went. Once the planter’s itch had been relieved, our thoughts turned to lunch. It had been 19 long weeks since we last ate beyond our front door and the café looked promising: a ‘semi’ al-fresco, space, a clearly organised one way system, plenty of hand sanitiser (who thought that one way systems and sand sanitiser would ever feature in a food review?) and a menu of sandwiches – nothing exciting but after 19 weeks, who is quibbling. So, 2 coffees and 2 sandwiches and a comfy seat later…
We each had the bacon brie and cranberry ciabatta. They were an utter delight: fresh soft bread, piping hot perfectly and freshly cooked bacon, plenty of cheese and just enough cranberry. Enough to ‘sharpen’ the sandwich but not enough to make it sloppy. Perfect. The coffee was in a disposable mug which never improves anything but needs must.Perhaps our critical faculties were blunted the neglect of lockdown. I know that it would have been ‘nicer’ not to have been to be confronted by social distancing and reminded of the times in which we live. But it still was an excellent sandwich served by people who were making the best of what can be.
When we are back in Wistow we will make time for lunch.
In August 2020, 700pippah said:
I have visited wistow 3 or 4 times since lockdown has eased as our usual options for a lunch out have been closed and i have never experienced anything less than 5* service from such amazing staff. Their mexican truck has been such a treat i just wish they had longer opening hours! i really recommend their pulled pork burrito with chili jam:) the staff (on every occasion) wanted to help us and made me feel so safe and the system in place to order is so effective and yet really simple. I recommend visiting Wistow cafe to nearly all my friends and family and cant wait to come back again soon
In August 2020, carahayles said:
It was my first time visiting Wistow since Lockdown and I loved it! The system in place was efficient and easy to follow whilst making you feel safe. The food was delicious, as always (I had a mushroom pizza) and so so fast!! The lovely people who served us were super friendly and made us feel so welcome Overall was a wonderful day out. Thank you to all the beautiful staff for your hard work⭐️ x
In August 2020, mayatsoar said:
Amazing service, such a smooth process and amazing breakfast. We came for a walk and wanted a coffee and bite to eat. The system was exceptional, staff were so polite and kind, Jane who owns the cafe was so accommodating and made sure we were catered for. Keep up the good work!
In August 2020, Sam B said:
Such a smooth process during such a hard time. I can fully appreciate that things may take a little longer but when everything is so new it’s such a refreshing thing to have a nice experience. Food offerings are great considering these tough times and the coffee is the best around. Keep up the good work and thank you for such a great experience!
In August 2020, whatkateedid said:
One of my favourite things to do is head out to one of my local cafes for coffee and cake. I visited Wistow Cafe Bistro last week to grab some cake from their takeaway menu. I went with the Lemon Drizzle for myself and a slice of Lemon & Blueberry cake for a friend. It was easily the best Lemon Drizzle I have ever tasted; just the right amount of lemon flavour and so moist. I don't mind admitting that I'm a bit fussy and picky, but I couldn't find anything to fault. My friend was equally impressed and gave the Lemon & Blueberry cake a 10/10. I also ordered their Tuna Crunch sarnie with cucumber, gherkin and capers, which was super tasty. Oh, and they do a pretty darn fine cup of coffee too! The cafe team are doing an amazing job of navigating the current COVID-19 situation and staff are friendly and helpful. So well done Wistow Cafe, keep up the good work!
In July 2020, cherileeb2019 said:
We go to Wistow regularly and missed there cappuccinos and delish cakes over the beginning of lockdown. Since their return we have been so impressed by their work arounds and health and safety! Recently we have had a hectic time personally and they have treated us like family with their generosity. Would recomend them without a doubt!
In July 2020, MandyJ173 said:
If your looking for a Afternoon tea look no further than here.
Fresh sandwiches, scones jam and cream and scrumptious cakes oh and not forgetting the strawberries dipped in chocolate. It maybe take away but you can use the outdoor seating area at the bistro to enjoy your divine afternoon tea. Fabulous value for money I will defo be back for more.
In July 2020, james t said:
We live local to Wistow and visit regularly. It is without doubt our favourite cafe in Leicestershire. They serve the best coffee I’ve had and the best bacon “butty” (it’s served on a soft, hot ciabatta - heaven) going.
My children are always badgering me to take them there for the amazing home made cakes which always go down a treat (try the lemon and blueberry or the carrot cake - mega!).
The setting is fabulous too with the garden centre next door for a wander round or just getting an ice cream and walking through the fields. It is a thoroughly relaxing place all together.
The service is excellent, you can tell they really do care about their customers.
Overall it is a must to visit, even if you’re not in the area make the trip out you won’t regret it. Plus in the summer months there’s the Maze over the road for a full on family day out.
In June 2020, 519hollieb said:
Popped in for tea and cake whilst out for a walk - the staff were so friendly and the service was still brilliant despite the new restrictions in place. The cakes were so tasty and beautifully home made - my favourite was the coffee and walnut cake. Will definitely return!
In June 2020, FFreya92 said:
Popped in on my dog walk for a takeaway picnic with my friend- they’ve gone above and beyond to keep customers safe and the staff were so friendly and helpful! Was so nice to not make my own lunch! I had a toasted ciabatta which was delicious and a slice of their vegan chocolate and raspberry cake. Will definitely visit again soon!
In June 2020, ASGreen1969 said:
We had a fabulous picnic with food purchased from the Taco van and the cafe, chicken wraps, nachos, followed by clotted cream scones and a lovely cup of coffee all at a reasonable price.
The food was only available for takeaway due to COVID but it was managed so professionally with lovely helpful staff . We took our food along with a picnic blanket to the near by field and enjoyed some social distance time with family.It was very clear what you had to do to stay safe, clear signage with menus boards to view whilst you are waiting for your turn.
A very enjoyable day had by all.Fabulous job , well done
In March 2020, steveneQ7028LG said:
Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. The staff were very friendly and the service prompt. Food was excellent.
In March 2020, RonMiddleton123 said:
What a gem of a place ! We called in on a Sunday and were quite lucky to make the breakfast shut-off time. Excellent choice and served really quickly by very friendly staff. The place was really busy with couple and and groups but nothing appeared to be too much trouble. Between showers we went for a good walk them came back for tea and cake. Really impressed and will certainly call in again.
In March 2020, sarahcarolineshep said:
We chose this place for a lunch as it is in between where we both live and looked adorable on the website with lovely artisan shops and a garden centre to look around afterwards.
There is plenty to choose from on the menu and the decor is beautiful. I chose salmon and cream cheese with jacket potato and salad, my friend chose tuna and onion ciabatta with crisps and salad. Both were amazing and reasonably priced. It was great to have a proper portion of salad in addition as most places idea of a side salad is a few morsels of lettuce. As you can see from the attached photo this was not the case here!
We walked around the little shops afterwards and adored the garden centre. However (and I appreciate that this has nothing to do with the cafe), we were followed around one of the shops by the shop assistant which we found awkward, then when we went to the adjoining shop the shop assistant came in and eyed the shop assistant in there to watch us. I don't know what made the shop assistant feel this way but we are both respectable people with respectable careers. I would have purchased some beautiful solar lights if I hadn't been made to feel like a criminal. I would not have put this on this review but can not find a profile for these shops. Maybe they will see this and realise that they lost a sale.
We went back to the cafe for a hot drink and cake (cappuccino and latte, chocolate brownie and a treacle tart). We shared and it was all amazing! We will definitely be returning to the cafe and the garden centre but sadly not the two small shops.
Look forward to seeing you again.
In March 2020, ThomasLeicestershire said:
Have visited a number of times for lunch.we have tried the homemade lasagne,mac & cheese,rarebit & the flatbread couldn’t fault they were all tasty & good value.The cakes looked so good we have taken some home the lemon & blueberry is particularly good.The conservatory area is dog friendly which is a positive for us,everyone appears friendly & the service is swift,try & ignore the recent poor reviews from what appears to be the Trip Advisor users first review !
In February 2020, Peluche81 said:
We had a good lunch, always busy and popular.
We decided to take a piece of rocky road with us for later = mistake. It cost £3 which is extortionate but then it didn’t even taste very good. It was all biscuit and hardly any chocolate and the chocolate there was tasted like cooking chocolate. Give it a miss.
In January 2020, Mo279 said:
My friends and I came today for a catch-up. We enjoyed the hot drinks and then enjoyed some hotfood.
In January 2020, 234katiej said:
Came here with my mother and 3 year old. We were hard pushed to find a table as was very busy but fortunately did. The menu is great, very varied and lots to choose from. I had the tuna crunch sandwich meal and my daughter had a fish finger sandwich. The portions are massive to the point we couldn't eat it all, will order snack size next time! Great atmosphere and lovely surroundings. The cakes are excellent too. Service was ok. All in all worth a visit!!
In January 2020, James W said:
A large group of us had a great experience for brunch on Sunday. The quality of the food was exceptional, it came promptly and the staff were helpful and friendly. We loved the setting in the conservatory area with the fairy lights and plants. Definitely will be returning soon!