Many of us love to visit a garden centre, and there’s some great independent places here in Leicestershire.
Plenty of them have cafes on-site too, which adds extra appeal.
One such cafe that’s recently opened is Global Pantry- an open-air street food cafe at Church View Nursery in the village of Barkby.
Keen to check out this new independent business, we headed over one morning for breakfast.
Church View Nursery is in a beautiful spot, on the edge of the village of Barkby and overlooking the village church.
Global Pantry is housed in a street food van next to the entrance to the nursery and is run independently, by experienced caterer Hayley Reed.
Hayley launched the business in June this year having deciding that, after many years of working for others, it was time to venture out on her own.
Global Pantry was originally due to open in March, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the launch had to be delayed.
You can take your pick from the breakfast menu between 9.30am and 11.30am Tuesday to Friday and 9.30am until 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
There’s breakfast cobs, such as sausage, bacon, or veggie sausage, and fried breakfasts from a light breakfast to a ‘double up’ breakfast for those with a big appetite.
There’s vegetarian and vegan breakfasts too.
A lunch menu is available between 12pm and 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, and includes burgers, paninis, toasties and chips.
We were there for breakfast, and with my heart set on a Full English, I ordered the traditional breakfast (£5.50) which is the middle-sized of the fry-ups here.
My mum picked a sausage cob and my boys each chose a bacon cob (£2.65 each).
You can phone the cafe and pre-order your food so you don’t have to wait, but we simply ordered when we got there, then took a seat in the lovely garden area and waited while our food was cooked.
Although Global Pantry is operating as a takeaway, there’s a few seats and benches here, surrounded by beautiful flowers.
Given that it was a warm sunny day when we visited, it was lovely.
Our food – all made to order – was soon ready, and we excitedly opened up our boxes.
The cobs looked great – big, and generously filled. Mum was very impressed by the quality of the sausages and the freshness of the bread, and the boys loved their bacon cobs – the bacon being cooked just how we like it, with a crispy edge.
My traditional breakfast was very enjoyable.
Due to the order in which the components had been put into the container, I couldn’t see the sausage or bacon initially – but they were there, hidden underneath the baked beans and egg!
The chunky pork sausage was tasty, and as with the cobs, the thick rasher of smoked bacon had been cooked just to my liking.
The fried egg had a soft, slightly runny yolk (I’d have liked it even more runny if I’m being really picky!) and I enjoyed the mushrooms. Black pudding is available instead of mushrooms for those with the inclination.
One of the best parts of the breakfast was the hash browns. They were deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
Baked beans, tinned tomatoes and a round of white toast completed the satisfying breakfast.
Global Pantry is a great little place with a good selection of food and drink and the setting, on the edge of the village, is lovely.
The food we had was very good, and we reckoned it offered good value for money, at £20.85 for the four of us, including drinks.
Our rating: 4/5
Food hygiene rating: Awaiting inspection