FAQs

  • I really want to visit your café. Where are you located?

    You’ll find our lovely café in the heart of rural Leicestershire, at Wistow Rural Centre in the pretty hamlet of Wistow. 

  • What are your opening hours?

    The café is open seven days a week. Our usual opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For the latest and most up-to-date opening time information, please visit Wistow Café Bistro on Facebook or Instagram.

  • How far is Wistow from Leicester or Market Harborough?

    Wistow is approximately 7 miles south of Leicester and 9 miles north of Market Harborough.

  • Do I need a reservation and can I book a table?

    Sorry, we don’t take table bookings during the day. It’s walk-ins only. The only exception is if you visit for afternoon tea or brunch tea. Both of which need to be pre-ordered and pre-paid for. If you are attending one of our evening events, you will also be required to book a table.

  • Do you have indoor and outdoor seating?

    We have ample seating, both inside and outdoors. We have a lovely outside terraced area for customers who wish to sit outside. We also have our spacious all-weather heated conservatory. Should you prefer to sit inside, there are tables in our indoor dining room.

  • Is there table service or do we find a table and order ourselves?

    We don’t offer table service at Wistow Café Bistro. Please order and pay for your food and drinks at the counter.

  • Where can I see a menu?

    We have sample menus on the website, which you can view here. Please note: these are sample menus and may change from time to time. But they give you a good idea of the food and drinks available in the café.

    Breakfast & Lunch Menu

    Cakes & Drinks Menu

  • Do you make the cakes and bakes you sell in the café?

    If you know anything about Wistow Café Bistro, it’s probably that we love cake – baking it and eating it! We have our own custom-built on-site bakery called the Barn Bakehouse. So yes, all of our cakes are made in house.

  • Do you offer afternoon tea?

    We do. Our award-winning afternoon teas are extremely popular. We offer dine-in afternoon tea and takeaway afternoon tea boxes. Both types of afternoon tea need to be pre-ordered in advance. You can view our afternoon tea sample menu here.

    Afternoon Tea Menu

  • How much is your afternoon tea?

    Our standard afternoon tea costs £19.50, whether you are dining in or taking it away. We also offer a Prosecco afternoon tea, which costs £25.75 per person.

  • Is there a vegan/gluten free/vegetarian afternoon tea option?

    Yes we do! We want to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a Wistow Cafe Bistro award-winning afternoon tea. So we have expanded our menu to include both vegan and gluten-free afternoon teas. We also offer a vegetarian afternoon tea option. And for those of you who don’t have a sweet tooth, you can choose our savoury afternoon tea instead.

  • How can I book a table for afternoon tea or pre order takeaway afternoon tea?

    The easiest and quickest way to book a Wistow afternoon tea is to call the café directly. Our number is 0116 259 3756.

  • I want to cancel a booking for afternoon tea. Can I get a refund?

    Sorry, all bookings are non-refundable. Your booking can be rearranged to another time. However, this is solely at the discretion of management and you must let us know of your wish to move your booking at least 48 hours before the event.

  • Do you make bespoke celebration cakes?

     Baking bespoke celebration cakes is one of our favourite things to do! Our creative baking team make hundreds of stunning bespoke celebration cakes. From birthday cakes, anniversary cakes, wedding cakes to engagement cakes, gender reveal cakes and cakes for baby showers. We can also make vegan cakes and eggless cakes. Speak to our Barn Bakehouse team for a free no obligation quote. Send an email to info@wistowcafebistro.co.uk to get the ball rolling.

  • Do you cater weddings and events?

    We do! We can provide event catering for all kinds of events, including weddings, dinner parties, corporate events, parties, baby showers, funerals and wakes. Our experienced event catering team will work with you to create the perfect menu for your event or occasion. Please get in touch by calling 0116 259 3756, or you can send an email to info@wistowevents.co.uk.

  • Is it possible to hire the café for an event?

    Absolutely! Our beautiful indoor dining space, which we’ve dubbed ‘The Green Room’, is available to hire for weddings, hen parties, birthday parties, baby showers and other celebratory type events. The space also functions well for funerals and wakes. To find out more, speak to our events team. Please call 0116 259 3756, or send an email to info@wistowevents.co.uk.

  • Do you make bespoke wedding cakes?

    We do. All of our wedding cakes are handmade bespoke to order. Our skilled bakers can create your dream wedding cake, from semi-naked and buttercream wedding cakes to traditional fondant iced wedding cakes. Get in touch for an informal chat and a free quote. Please send an email to info@wistowcafebistro.co.uk in the first instance.

  • Do you have free parking?

    Yes, we have plenty of parking here at Wistow Rural Centre. And best of all, it’s free! Whilst you’re here, visit the garden centre and have a browse around the other small businesses who call Wistow Rural Centre home.

  • Is your cafe dog-friendly?

    We are very dog friendly here at Wistow Café Bistro. We welcome four-legged friends in our all-weather conservatory area. So please feel free to bring the family pooch with you when you visit. Don’t forget to enjoy a walk in the surrounding countryside whilst you’re in the area.

  • Do you have free Wi-Fi for customers?

    At the moment we aren’t able to provide customers access to Wi-Fi.

  • Is the café wheelchair and pram friendly?

    The café is accessible for both wheelchair users and prams. Please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff if you need assistance during your visit.

  • I love your coffee. Can you tell me where you get your coffee beans from?

    Thank you! We’re big coffee lovers so we’re rather fussy when it comes to good coffee. We have partnered with Carrara Coffee Roasters in nearby Market Harborough and serve their luxury artisan coffee in the café.

  • Are there any gluten free/vegan options available on your menu?

    We have a limited number of gluten-free and vegan offerings. Come and try our gluten-free chocolate brownies, vegan fruit loaf or vegan chocolate and raspberry cake. We are hoping to extend our gluten-free and vegan offerings soon.

  • Is the café child-friendly?

    Here at Wistow Café Bistro we pride ourselves on our relaxed family friendly environment. So the whole family is welcome. We have high chairs available. Please ask a member of staff.

  • Do you sell gift vouchers?

    We have gift vouchers for afternoon tea. We also have gift vouchers which you can use to purchase food and drinks in the café. Please pop into the café and speak to one of the team. You can also purchase gift vouchers by calling the cafe. Our number is 0116 259 3756.

  • I’m a big foodie. Do you run any monthly events?

    What a coincidence, we’re big foodies too! We run various monthly evening events, including our popular pudding nights and bistro nights. You’ll find details of current events on the website and our Wistow Café Bistro Facebook page.

  • I want to cancel a booking for one of your evening events. Can I get a refund?

    Sorry, all bookings are non-refundable. We can, in exceptional circumstances, move your booking to another night. However, this is solely at the discretion of management and you must let us know of your wish to move your booking at least 48 hours before the event.

    Our events book up quickly and we often have to turn people away. Last minute cancellations have a significant impact on our small business. When you ask to cancel or move your booking at short notice, if we are unable to fill the available space, this leads to a loss of income. As a hospitality business, we have suffered significantly over the course of the pandemic, and we cannot afford to lose out even further. We hope you understand.