24 The Nook, Cosby, LE9 1RQ
Set in the village of Cosby, less than half an hour’s drive from Leicester, Granny HB Smith’s is a cosy haven offering a tempting selection of both sweet and savoury treats. The perfect spot for a catch up with friends, this quintessentially English café has been recently refurbished – think vintage decor, soft hues and wood paneling – so guests can enjoy a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. There is also an upstairs room that can be used for private teas, meetings and private functions including baby showers and cupcake parties. Open from 8.30am, Granny Smith’s serves breakfast until 11.30am from Monday to Friday as well as an all-day brunch on Saturday, so whether you’re an early-bird or not, you can still catch the worm. The eggs, bread and meat used throughout the menu are locally sourced from independent small suppliers. Why not indulge in a full English fry-up, complete with hash browns, sausages, bacon, egg, beans and grilled tomatoes? Alternatively, for those with a sweet-tooth, there’s a range of croissants and pastries available. The tea cakes also make a fantastic morning snack – ask for yours to be toasted and enjoy with lashings of butter and jam. Those stopping by for lunch are offered an equally tempting and varied selection. Every day, there’s a different soup on offer, ideal for a winter warmer. Flavours might include leek and potato and carrot and coriander. The classic club sandwich and the café’s crustless quiche, both of which can be enjoyed with homemade coleslaw, are also popular lunchtime favourites. If you’re looking for something hot, opt for one of the panini or grilled sandwiches. Choices range from a feta and fig melt to a grilled mushroom melt and at Christmas time you can expect to find a selection of festive specials. Why not follow your tasty lunch with a delicious, freshly made cake? The selection at Granny Smith’s is updated regularly and the team is always experimenting with sumptuous new recipes. There’s an impressive array of gluten-free cakes on offer, including the likes of pecan and walnut slices, homemade butter shortbread and mint chocolate chip cake, as well as vegan treats such as tiffin cake and vegan ice cream. Other options typically range from moist lemon drizzle cake to plain, cherry and cheese scones. If you’re celebrating a special occasion you can also order an afternoon tea, choosing from an ever-growing range of flavoured and traditional teas.