When I first met Gem, she lived hundreds of miles from where she does now, which was rubbish in all sorts of ways (we spent a LOT of time on the phone!). That long distance relationship did have one benefit, though, that continues to this day: a reason to visit parts of the country I would never otherwise have seen.
I don’t know exactly how often we’ve driven the roads and miles to Lincolnshire, but I’d guess we’ve clocked up well over 40,000 miles in trips to Welby, and that’s only since Gem moved up here!
We figured out our best route pretty early on (in the days before Google did all the planning for you!) and have stuck to it since, but nonetheless our journey has changed over the years, mainly due to the arrival of little people. Gone are the days when a trip home started after work on a Friday – arriving at Nana’s around midnight with kids who are full of beans thanks to a few hours sleep in the car does not make for a peaceful first night. Instead, we now travel during the day, setting off first thing and arriving mid-afternoon, which means lunch on the road.
When we traveled post work, we were quite limited in where we could stop for dinner, and more often than not it would be Scotch Corner or Southwaite for a Burger King. But with more places are open during the day, and nutritional content for the kids to think about, we’ve tried out a few different places recently, and now have a new favourite stop-off: Mainsgill Farm.
Just off the A66, and almost exactly at the halfway point of our journey, it’s a wonder it took us so long to investigate Mainsgill, but we’re very glad we did. The girls love seeing all the animals (as well as cows, sheep, pigs and chickens, there are donkeys, goats, llamas and even a camel!) and Gem loves the farm shop which is stocked with all sorts of delicious, locally produced cheeses, meats, pies and cakes.
Last week we had lunch at Mainsgill for the first time, and although there’s no dedicated kids menu, we still found something for everyone and had a good lunch for under £20 – cheaper than BK, as well as healthier!
Throw in a kids play area, and some wonderful sunshine (OK, we don’t always get that!) and it was a real struggle to drag ourselves away and get back on the road. Hmmm… maybe it’s not such a good place after all!
Mainsgill Farm is located on the A66, 4 miles from Scotch Corner. They’re open 9-5, 7 days a week.