One for those interested in all things from the past, Eating Vintage. Yesterday I took a trip back to the 1940s with lunch at The Larder in Ashby de la Zouch. This café has a War time theme with food to match the rationing of the time. I was about to say ” what fun” but I am sure those living through the real thing didn’t find it fun at all. Back then folks had to make the most of what was around . Restrictions were on both the variety and amount of food available.

IMG_0703The Larder has all sorts of memorabilia on the walls. You will eat at tables covered in hand embroidered vintage linens and the crockery is all in keeping with the times. Even the staff are dressed in costume from the era with hair do’s to match.

IMG_0705The food was basic in keeping with the theme. I had potato pie with tomatoes and my man had corned beef hash with baked beans. Not our usual Saturday lunch time fare at all. Pots of tea are available. They do offer a nod to the present day with  cafetieres of coffee for those like me who need a regular fix.

On the table are guest books for you to share your war time memories for those of you old enough.

1940s Lunch

For those of you interested in eating vintage,

That potato pie would be easy enough to copy at home. There was mashed potato with chopped red onion in. This was placed into the oval dish and a thin layer of cheese placed on top and decorated with tomato slices. All cooked possibly in the microwave but better baked in an oven I would say. Yes plain but filling and quite healthy – enough to sustain anyone doing their bit for the war effort for the rest of the afternoon.