Motorway journeys can be good at times but it can depend on a varying number of factors. Even though the motorway service stations have improved over the recent years, they are not the most exciting of places.
A friend had a great idea for a recent journey. To make sure a proper break was had, my friend suggested why not make a day of the journey and stop over at a nice place or sight along the way. Hence the idea of doing lunch with a friend that I had not seen for a few months came into play.
Less than five minutes from the motorway is Bliss Lane Nursery in Flore. Down a small cul de sac lane leads to Bliss Lane Farm. Chickens roam in their area, lambs can be seen on the farm and it’s all so close to the car parking area. The little lane takes you up to the Farm Shop and to the Tea Room.
Bliss Lane Tea Room was welcoming and homely. It had a traditional feel to it. There were cakes on display in the counter fridge and the menu had sandwiches, breakfast, scones, pasties, soups and salads.
The decaffeinated coffee was served in a mug with hot milk on the side. It was nothing fancy but exactly what I wanted. As it was lunchtime, the Tea Room started to fill up.
The plain omelette was absolutely perfect. Soft on the inside and just slightly crispy on the outer. The quality of the eggs made this simple dish absolutely wonderful. It was served with some tasty coleslaw, root vegetable crisps and salad. It beat any service station sandwich!
The staff were really friendly and gave such nice service. All the food was cooked fresh to order. Even when we inquired about gluten free options, the staff did go out of their way to check the ingredients. They also had gluten free cakes as one of their chefs was coeliac so had been trying out gluten free recipes.
Lunch was made complete with a sweet treat of a currant slice. Packed full of currants on a buttery pastry made it a tasty dessert.
Bliss Lane Tea Room is a hidden gem and one that will definitely be returned to if I am passing by. It is highly recommended with its fresh food, friendly faces and a relaxed atmosphere. It makes me think that there must be many more places along motorways that should be sought out.
Bliss Lane Tea Room, Bliss Lane Nursery, 34 Bliss Lane, Flore, Northants, NN7 4LJ