About Us

Bistro Advert picBadseys Wharf, The Locks, Hillmorton, Rugby, CV21 4PP

Ian and Lesley Lauder advertised for a mooring where they could restore an historic narrowboat and were offered just the right place at Hillmorton Locks, on the Oxford Canal.  A slight snag was that it came with a Bistro run by a company owned by a couple who had only just opened it, and needed to give it up.  Having run catering businesses for decades, Ian & Lesley saw an opportunity and bought the company.  They also bought BADSEY the boat, to restore on the mooring outside.  The Bistro immediately won awards and Ten years later (2013), Ian & Lesley reached retirement age.  But having acquired a butty called ANGEL for further restoration and to pair with BADSEY, they decided to stop opening in the evening but carry on as a daytime cafe, which has worked very well. The Cafe is open from 9am to 6pm every day except Monday (4pm on Sunday) and closes for the Winter from end of October to first Tuesday in March. The cafe is also HQ for the Old Mortonians who are restoring the canal Basin below the bottom lock.
(see page about canal volunteers)