We have been here several times before and it's one of our favourite places. I'd been dreaming of the delicious Ploughman's lunch for some weeks so on Easter Monday, my husband and I decided to take a drive out to Fintry to sample the delights of the Courtyard Cafe once more. It was a lovely, sunny day so the drive there is really beautiful too.
We were fortunate to arrive just before a big rush about 1pm but we did have a short wait for a table. We hadn't realised you can book in advance or we might have done that but they took our names on arrival and it really was only a few minutes before we were seated. The cafe is quite charming, with tables in a main room, an anteroom, on a mezzanine level and in a conservatory; there are a few seats outside too in the courtyard which would be gorgeous on a really nice day.
The menu has a good selection of soup, pates, all sorts of filled sandwiches with interesting combinations of fillings and chutneys/savoury jams, Ploughman's lunches, fabulous cakes, homemade icecream and a wide selection of coffee and teas, including speciality teas.Some of the plates going past us looked fantastic, (especially the prawn and smoked salmon open sandwiches!) but we had promised ourselves the Ploughman's lunch so that's what we both had- lovely ham and cheeses, crusty bread and beautifully garnished salads with pickles and chutney-yummy! It's quite a substantial plate but, having had time to peruse the cakes while waiting for our table, we finished off with a large slice of raspberry and coconut sponge and blueberry and lime sponge, also both delicious!
The staff were very friendly and helpful too. We've always found it a lovely experience visiting the Courtyard Cafe and this time was no different. I have absolutely no doubt we'll be back!
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