TUXFORD Windmill is a familiar vision on the horizon but perhaps not so obvious to passers-by is the tea room tucked away in the scenic grounds.
Located just minutes from the A1, it’s not particularly well sign-posted from the main road so you’ll need an extra-beady pair of eyes to spot the turn-off.
But it proved to be a turn-off not to be missed, offering a deliciously different eating out experience.
The tea room is set in an attractive period stone building and provides the perfect backdrop for stunning views of the historic working windmill while you eat.
There is also a wonderful mill shop to browse on your way in, offering a range of local produce and mill-produced products from flour and muesli to oatmeal and porridge – perfect for a special gift or yourself.
We were given a very warm welcome and shown to our seats to peruse the menu, offering a wide selection of sandwiches, quiches, salads, cream teas and cakes.
But what sets the Tuxford tea room apart from other café’s menus is that all baked goods are cooked on the premises using their very own flour produced at the mill.
The tea room also prides itself on using the finest local produce, featuring tasty delights such as Welbeck Stichelton cheese and award-winning Mellors meat pies.
I plumped for the Roasted Red Pepper quiche (£5.60), made by Annie Clifton of ADC Gourmet Foods using the finest Tuxford Flour.
It came beautifully presented and accompanied with a delicious home-made potato salad, which was worth every tasty mouthful.
My mum went for the Cheese and Vine Tomato Roll (£2.90), while my dad opted for the tempting-sounded Cheese and Onion Melt (4.60).
Both commented they could definitely notice the difference, saying that the bread tasted “how bread should” .
The cheese melt was particularly outstanding – a thick floury bread roll oozing tasty cheese and red onion that made the idea of cheese on toast pale into insignificance.
With such floury delights on offer, it would’ve been wrong to bypass the cake stand, as full as we were.
We went for a few slices to share of the Lemon Cake and Porter Cake – a rich fruit concoction with a touch of Guinness.
Both tasted very moist and delicious and were as perfect as any home-made cakes can be.
The bill, with drinks, came to a respectable £22.90 which was excellent value for a most impressive lunch in lovely surroundings and attentive service throughout.
by Chantal Spittles