Stock Pot Cafe at Ryton Organic Gardens
When firm friends Chris, Will and Laura decided they had had enough of late nights and punishing hours running “country pubs with big gardens and lots of food”, they decided to open their own place. They found their new home at the Stock Pot Cafe at Ryton Organic Gardens and it’s fair to say, have made a huge success of it.
More than a bog-standard cafe, the Stock Pot serves up an array of breakfasts and lunches all made using seasonal, organic produce from local suppliers and – where possible – from just a few paces from the cafe at the organic gardens themselves. From freshly ground coffee and bacon sarnies to pancakes and a full English that even beat my breakfast-loving friend thanks to its size, there’s plenty to start the day.
Lunchtimes are just as much of an event, with chalk-written dishes dreamed up depending on what produce is in crammed onto the huge blackboard that takes centre stage. The interior is warm and welcoming, complete with a log burner in the corner for those cold winter days and benches outside to enjoy the sunshine in the warmer months. It’s licensed, it’s family friendly, there are Sunday roasts each week and special menus laid on for those all-important occasions like Mother’s Day.
But most importantly, the Stock Pot is full of passion. Every time we’ve visited, we’ve been greeted with a warm smile, a chat, and nothing has been too much trouble. This is a labour of love, where the food is prepared and sold by people who care about what they do and want to create exactly what a great eaterie should be – home from home.
By Ellen Manning, Warwickshire editor