Gingey Bites: The Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli

Local food blogger Gingey Bites reviews The Grey Lady Kitchen and Deli in Newtown Linford.

I’ve long been a fan of the Grey Lady just outside of Newtown Linford in Leicestershire – perched at the side of the road overlooking the beautiful countryside around that area. I remember going there for my 18th birthday with my nanna and family and it being a real treat. Since then they’ve honed their offering to be something quite special and the food is excellent. With this in mind, I was excited to learn that they’ve opened a kitchen/deli in the heart of the village and this weekend we headed over there for lunch.
The first thing to say is just how friendly and wonderful the staff are – they were mostly young, probably uni students home for the holidays – but their knowledge and interaction were fantastic. The deli part is quite small but there is a nice cheese and cured meats selection plus some gorgeous looking home-made quiches, sausage rolls, etc.

The whole place is decorated in a lovely country kitchen style with more than a hint of the very fashionable Annie Sloane paint around. They are targeting the yummy mummy crowd for sure and the play room for children upstairs confirms this. That said, there was a real crowd in that day, from families’ to young couples and old friends. A lovely mix.

We opted for the two courses for £10 lunch offer which changes daily. The produce and quality of the cooking are second to none and we found nothing to criticise with the food! To start, we both went for their chicken liver pate which came with hot toasted sourdough and a nice side salad. The chutney was fantastic too, full of juicy grapes.

For my second course, I had chicken in a white wine sauce with new potatoes and green beans. So simple but just perfect. The other half had a fishcake with skinny fries and salad. The fishcake was packed with fish and seasoned beautifully with a crisp outer coating. Incidentally it was also huge! As big as a saucer, which of course, made him very happy.

This is a short little review for a lovely little place. Next time you’re in that area, be sure to book in. Their menus are fresh and reasonably priced and the set lunch is an absolute bargain. We’ll be back again soon!

Alex Ryder
The author:

Alex is a Midlands girl who now lives in Bristol. She writes food blog Gingey Bites and loves nothing more than eating out and experimenting in the kitchen. When she's not doing that, she works as a freelance marketeer and can often be found up on the Downs walking off the pot belly!