Guide: Where to eat and what to see in Wymondham, Leics

Published June 19, 2012

You half expect to see Julia Sawalha pursing her lips at urchins playing a noisy game of hopscotch when you arrive in Wymondham. The village’s honey-coloured ironstone cottages glow in the sun: take away the cars and you could be in the 19th century.

Situated a few miles east of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, years ago Wymondham would have been a popular stop-off for cattle drovers travelling from the pork pie capital to the Great North Road. Its windmill was built in 1814 and, unusually, had six sails. It hasn’t milled in anger for years but you can still climb to the top, and its shell provides a focus for a small cluster of craft shops and tea room.

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TRY THESE…

The Berkeley Arms
Main Street, LE14 2AG
“Simply brilliant,” says local historian and Wymondham resident Trevor Hickman. “New owner Neil Hitchen is a top-line chef.” Many agree with Trevor’s assessment. Click here for our review. Click here for the Berkeley Arms website. 01572 787587

Windmill Tearooms
Butt Lane, LE14 2BU
Homemade cakes, cream teas, sandwiches and snacks; plus a kids’ playground. All surrounded by two acres of native British woodland. Here’s the website, 01572 787304

Old Bakery Antiques
Main Street, LE14 2AG
Aladdin’s Cave of a shop focusing on rural and domestic bygones, garden items and cottage antiques. 01572 787472

St Peter’s Church
Church Lane, LE14 2AB
According to some sources, this pretty church predates 1150.

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Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.