While we were waiting at the bottom locks of the Hillmorton flight I noticed that Badseys Cafe Bistro was open, so we decided to walk there for our lunch once we had found a mooring spot for Oakfield. We also chatted with C&RT volunteer Pete Gray who was working with a small group on the side of one of the lock chambers.
On entering the cafe we saw that it had been newly refurbished, but still had all the interesting canal and old working boat memorabilia on display all around. Although it was called a cafe Ian cooks the most wonderful lunches in addition to coffee and home-made cake etc. I had the tender tasty roast beef and himself had steak pie both beautifully presented with fresh vegetables. Of course we also had drinks, a Strongbow for me and a Guinness for him.
On a shelf above the bar Lesley had her lovely collection of painted canal-wear on show. Badsey no longer sits alone on the wharf outside, but has a companion butty called Angel for company. The two of them make a very nice pair, although Angel will be repainted in her original colours.
It was really busy here considering that it was mid-week, but we didn’t have to wait too long for our meals to be served. If you are passing on your narrow-boat, do call in and enjoy the company as we did.
Canalchef cafe, Badseys Wharf, The Locks, Hillmorton, Rugby. 01788 567600. They are now open from 9am-6pm and later on Fridays .