Was a last minute decision to go out for lunch. We all had sandwiches with salad. Lots of filling in all the sandwiches, good plate full of salad and lovely home made coleslaw. Couldn't fault
In November 2019, AlisonD1969 said:
What a beautiful centre, a lovely afternoon walking around the garden centre and little shops. Finished off by a coffee and cake, and there selection of cakes are amazing.
In November 2019, wendywillcox said:
My daughter and I come in quite regularly. It’s always busy when we come, but usually we find a space to sit. We love the coffee, we usually get a latte. Food wise I would normally go for jacket potato with prawns and my daughter goes for focaccia with mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes and avocado.
I decided to try something new so went for the cream of mushroom soup, but unfortunately not for me. So next time tried the fish cakes and I’m hooked (lol) the sweet chilli sauce goes so well. The cakes are also lovely and they cater for gluten free. All in all great place to come.
In October 2019, Ginette P said:
A lovely rural centre with shops the restaurant is lovely great food and drink just the outside furniture need renovation paint as this place is a hidden gem
In October 2019, Bunhunter said:
When in the area we visit the garden centre and surrounding outlets then enjoy a coffee or occational meal there and have so far found the staff friendly and efficient. It can get very, very busy and tempted to say a bit of a bun fight but having said that, it must be proof that they are doing something right by pulling in more and more customers.
In October 2019, SandipNRakhee said:
Cakes and ice cream are delicious. However the cake slices are noticeably smaller than before for the price charged approx £3 per slice of cake, bit of a shame!
In September 2019, Jes O said:
The Wistow Cafe and Bistro is a part of the Wistow Rural Centre located between Kilby and Kibworth in Leicestershire. The Rural Centre includes a small selection of boutiques and a garden centre as well as the cafe. The cafe is located immediately behind the small car-park.
In front of the main entrance there is a semi-outdoor area with some comfy seats and cushions giving off an alfresco vibe, whilst inside the main building it is much more 'bistro'. I thought that the tables and chair space was a little cramped and not particularly comfortable. There was no discernible music (a good thing) and no WiFi (a bad thing).
You order from the main counter, get allocated a spoon and are served at your table. The food selection was pretty good; just enough to give you options, with main course, breakfast and salad sections, plus I noticed some people were having afternoon teas that looked nice. They do not serve alcohol. We ordered a lasagne, two chicken and broccolis and a ham salad, accompanied by a tea, a diet coke and a Fentimans type of thing. This came to £40, which I would say was pretty good value.
The food was good; hot, tasty and served quickly, although the Chicken & Broccoli turned out to be Chicken Casserole, with nary a broccoli or pastry topping in sight. It was however, delicious. The portions weren't massive, but quite adequate, and we would certainly go back and eat there again.
On the negative side, they need to get the drinking glasses situation sorted out. One of our diners only wanted tap water which was self-served from a machine on a counter, beside it were ridiculously small cardboard cups to use, totally unsuitable. Behind me was a shelf with much more appropriate proper tall glasses, so I opted to use one of them, only for a member of staff to inform me that I couldn't use these as they were solely for 'event' use, and instead provided me with a very small glass tumbler from behind the counter. I had not been provided with a glass for my coke either, but didn't fancy drinking out of this tiny glass option and so in rebellion, I drank mine from the can. Whilst I was there, other customers commented that they too were befuddled at the idea of being expected to drink from the tiny cardboard cups. If you don't want glasses used, don't leave them so apparently available, and please do provide suitable glassware.
In September 2019, eoc24 said:
Our first time attending an evening event, we chose the Italian themed night. Food was fabulous and plenty of it. I think there were 4 deserts to chose from or you could have a little of them all which we did . Would have preferred a slightly larger plate for these as they were all piled together, but tasted lovely.
Staff pleasant and attentive. We will be back to try another!
In September 2019, paulrN6057MT said:
We had the light skillet breakfast and a cappacino each.It was very nice as usual.Staff were all pleasant and service was quick.We come here frequently for a sandwich or cake and we have always enjoyed the experience here.
In August 2019, June L said:
Been here twice in the last week. Firstly for a meal which was very enjoyable, good service, friendly staff, pretty busy but timely delivery of food. followed by a visit to the garden centre, very enjoyable afternoon. Went back today and had a lovely ice cream. Dogs are very welcome unlike the maize across the road where dogs other than guide dogs are banned.
In August 2019, r8ch71 said:
Always very busy and popular and you can see why ! Delicious food and great service. We love their jacket potatoes and delicious cakes . Staff are always rushed off their feet because it is always busy , but remain friendly, polite and helpful.
In August 2019, Emilyrhm said:
We visited today for what was a very tasty lunch, fairly priced. My only gripe is that when I called to book a table for lunch I was told I couldn’t, and that only bookings for afternoon tea are taken. That’s ok I thought, surely afternoon tea begins after lunch,maybe 2, 2.30 pm? So we’ll be fine for lunch. Wrong! Arrived on a somewhat rainy day and cool day so would have preferred to sit inside, unfortunately the tables big enough for us were all reserved for afternoon tea, one was booked for 12.30, another for 1pm, isn’t that lunch time? Maybe people have cottoned on and are booking under the guise of afternoon tea but are actually having lunch to get round your system. Maybe if you offered lunch booking from 12 until 2 and then afternoon tea from 2.30 onwards you could capitalise on both sets of consumers? Just a thought on an otherwise lovely but cold lunch outside.
If there was a rating between average and very good that’s what I’d choose!
In August 2019, Dean S said:
I have visited here for coffee and cake many times and find it a lovely and enjoyable setting with great coffee and food.
I have to disagree with some of the comments below, I have always found the staff to be most helpful and polite.
I can appreciate that there will always be someone who is not happy with something and you cannot please everyone all of the time, but personally for me, I have always had only a good experience.
With the Rural Centre being next door as well, I think it's a lovely place to go.
In August 2019, big-blue-eyes said:
This is a lovely relaxing place to sit and have a coffee and cake. Plenty of tables inside and out. I think I’ve only ever been here in the summer so have always sat outside. Lots of different areas to choose from. Our coffee was good and the cakes are always tempting.
In August 2019, Patricia M said:
Always have a cappuccino and ask for it to be extra hot but it never is.
A child’s breakfast was £8.95 and a scoop of ice-cream £2.75 . Which I consider far too expensive Our meal was £8.95 each which was reasonable value considering both quality and quantity of the food.
In August 2019, Russ A said:
Popped in with the family for a light bite & cake. Food was excellent and fairly priced. Staff seemed v professional and polite.
Thoroughly enjoy it and will defiantly be returning.
Value for money 👍🏻👌
In August 2019, samtheadvisor2019 said:
Meal was ok, nothing special. Soup was salty, however the atmosphere is very nice. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.
In August 2019, nadinesargent said:
We popped in as a bit of a change to routine. I had a day off work and had always wanted to visit. We arrived just as the cafe and shops were opening and could see its a very popular place. We sat inside the cafe which was nice, clean and comfortable. We then had a walk around the shops before nipping back to grab a coffee for the drive home - by this time the cafe was pretty full. Staff were friendly and polite and were quickly clearing tavles ready for them to be taken as quickly as they were cleared. Food was nice although the scrambled egg wasn't as well cooked as I'd like. Bread was freshly cut and very nice. There was a good selection of cakes aswell although we didn't get to try any this time around.
In July 2019, Hannah H said:
I ve visited several times and had a party here. Every single time the food is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The staff, especially Jane, can t do enough for you. They cater for every need. Can t fault this lovely bistro.
In July 2019, joannedelo said:
Took my mum and daughter here for afternoon tea as a birthday treat today. Very friendly staff, nice environment and really scrummy food. Great selection of sandwiches and cakes. Our only slight criticism would be more jam and cream on the scones but overall we definitely did not go hungry and even bought a doggy bag home for my dad :)
Lovely location for a nice walk round the garden centre and gift shops afterwards.
In June 2019, Christina J said:
Fantastic food and service being a nut allergy sufferer and my husband diabetic they have always catered for our needs cooking special dishes that I can eat with confidence . I also attend the pudding club evening and again they always do a nut free version of the puddings they are serving I canot praise Jane and her staff more as it is very difficult to find places that can cater for both nut allergy and diabetics so big thank you to all.
In June 2019, Sam B said:
Wistow food is always excellent and the staff are super attentive. Ignore any reviews that suggest otherwise. I come here regularly and the staff are nothing but helpful in suggesting food, clearing tables and asking if I need anything else.
The breakfast is the best in the area and vegetarian options are extremely good which is often hard to come by.
In June 2019, 821hmd said:
Came here 1/2 way through a walk. It was quite busy. We had to queue to be served but the staff served quickly. There was lots of choice of cakes... so difficult to choose it all looked so nice. Really nice and generous pot of earl grey tea. Lovely surroundings
In June 2019, AlisonW540 said:
I visited the cafe at Wistow on 2 consecutive days and it was very busy on both occasions! We sat outside in the conservatory area on the first visit and inside on the second as there were 2 panes of glass missing outside!
Although it is incredibly popular and I didn’t try their meals, I was not impressed with the taste of either the tea or the coffee. Shame but that was my personal experience.
In May 2019, maddisonjo said:
We took a drive out we had a wonder around all the little shops then we went for a drink and a piece of cake. We couldn’t complain about anything the cakes were beautiful the cheese scone was lovely and cheesy. My girls has one of the fruit smoothies they said it was lovely well worth a visit