Scorching afternoons can really take it out of you, and sometimes you just want something quick, cheap and easy. Nothing too fancy, but something to fill a hole in your belly without making one in your wallet.
As the baking hot sun beat down, I found myself in the sleepy village of Saxilby.
Sitting on the High Street and truly in the heart of the local community is Scrummie’s café and tea room.
We’re blessed with a wealth of fine cafés in this part of the county, and as far as tea rooms and eateries go, this one is nothing out of the ordinary – but it offers good, wholesome food, made with care.
As I stepped through the front door I received a welcome as warm as the summer sun outside. I lost count of the amount of people that met me with a smile and a friendly hello – everyone from staff to regular punters immediately made me feel at home.
The café’s sign reads ‘Fill your tummies at Scrummies’ and they certainly do all they can to make that possible, offering a modest but delectable and fresh range of snacks, baps, baguettes, home made cakes and desserts, milkshakes, teas, freshly ground coffee and more.
And of course, with a name like Scrummie’s, they certainly set themselves a lot to live up to, and they didn’t fail.
I ordered a Mexican chicken baguette on granary bread before making my way to table outside to bask in the glorious Lincolnshire sunshine.
The service was swift and before I knew it I was tucking into a simple but scrumptious light lunch.
The baguette filling was creamy, packed with flavour and complete with vegetables and chilli beans to give it a spicy kick. It was missing the wow factor that so many other local cafés deliver with their sandwiches, but it wasn’t bad by any means – especially for just over £2.
For dessert, I considered the homemade specials of apple and blackberry pie or treacle sponge custard. Judging by what I saw of fellow diners devouring their specials, I would have been a fool not to indulge – but I was and went for a nice sticky chocolate brownie instead. Again, it didn’t pack the same punch as other cakes I’ve been served in these parts, but it was a nice full stop to an altogether pleasant lunch.
Scrummie’s may not be the best around here, but it doesn’t disappoint and it doesn’t break the bank. If you find yourself en route to Lincoln it wouldn’t hurt to pop in. It’s as cheap as it is cheerful and above all it’s Scrummy both in name and nature.
By Andrew Trendell
Star Rating HHH