Café of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020
The Larder, Oakham, Rutland
The winner is The Larder in Oakham. Its wall-mounted roll of brown paper showcasing the regularly-changing menu features lots of interesting and tempting options. Soups and bowls include the likes of smoked mackerel chowder with sourdough garlic dippers; and herbed chicken, peach and feta with quinoa, leaves, lime and mustard dressing. The sandwiches come with five bread options, all from Hambleton Bakery, and the breakfasts are a delight.
The ‘Rainbow Club’ sandwich (on Hambleton Seven Cereal bread) that we ordered during our visit was packed with fresh, tasty ingredients and came with a fresh, well-dressed salad. Faultless.
Local sourcing is at the heart of The Larder’s ethos, and the blackboard showing off its suppliers features Northfield Farm in Cold Overton, Leeson’s Butchers of Oakham, The Melton Cheeseboard of Melton Mowbray, Feast & The Furious, also of Melton, and Vivia Crump’s Chutney of Oakham.
The Larder is a worthy winner due to this local-sourcing policy and its outstandingly varied and interesting menu.
The other Finalists…
The Café Category was tough to judge, with all four Finalists showing why so many people voted for them. We recommend them all.