The Mayor’s Cafe, Bedworth

We were recently (review written in February 2020 but only just posted) travelling from the South of France back up to North Wales following a ski trip, and it was getting close to lunchtime, we were on the M6 and decided to have a look on The Happy Cow website to see if there were any suitable vegetarian cafes within driving distance.

The Mayor’s Cafe popped up. It is advertised as a community run cafe based in a local park with free car parking outside, cash only food purchases and a full range of meals, cakes and snacks. We thought we’d give it a go and duly pulled up outside, having spent about 10 minutes coming off the M6 to find it.

I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of food at this cafe and the price charged. For £4.75 between 12pm and 2:30pm you can have a meal of the day, which is a gigantic plate of homemade food, which tasted absolutely delicious and should have probably been at least twice the price in any other vegetarian restaurant.

On the day we popped in the meal of the day was a potato and cheese garlic bake, with some funky beans (their description, not mine), and a couple of salads including a bulgur wheat salad.

The chef at The Mayor’s Cafe needs to be commended because the flavouring and variety of texture in this food cannot be over-emphasised. This was top quality food served at a very knocked down price. In fact, if you were unwaged, the price was £3.75 per meal, and children eat free with every paying adult. I’m still not entirely sure how this community cafe expects to survive if they’re charging such low levels for their food, but I sincerely hope it does as this was an outstanding experience.

We topped the meal off by sharing some cake that was described as lemon drizzle, but in fact was orange marmalade cake, and this was a delicate sponge with marmalade spread over the top, portion size was great and the taste was excellent.

Full credit to The Mayor’s Cafe – I’m not entirely sure why a vegetarian cafe has opened in a park in Bedworth, which is not exactly known for its standard of cuisine, but I hope it continues because we will be dropping in there on any long distance trips we make via the Midlands.