Tithe Barn

Tithe Barn


Tithe Barn

A unique dining experience in a historic converted barn. The history of Cosby stretches back to the 11th century and has links to the English Civil War. You can experience a conservation area full of medieval and 17th century architecture as you taste the amazing locally sourced meals.

Cosby is a village that dates back to the Domesday book, but it’s possible that people have lived in the area since Roman times, with the ancient Fosse Way running through the parish. Tithe Barn not only gives you a unique dining experience in a converted 15th century Barn, it’s also a place where you can shop for the very best locally produced and hand sourced produce and food.

Either sit in the café and deli and choose from a great selection of home cooked meals and light bites or simply pop in for supplies including artisan breads and pastries, cold meats, delicious preserves and sauces, select cheeses and dairy produce.

When you’ve eaten then take a walk round the historic village. Tithe Barn is open seven days a week from 9-5 and serves a full breakfast and lunch menu.

Less pub, more licensed cafe, deli and bistro, the 15th-century thatched Tithe Barn is a historical gem originally built for storing harvested grains. It’s been beautifully restored and serves breakfasts, snacks and lunches. Dining near the Tithe Barn’s ancient wood beams in the shadow of Cosby’s 14th-century parish church certainly provides a traditional taste of England.

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Main Street, Cosby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 1UW

Tel: +44 (0) 116 216 0438

Opening Times

Opening Times: (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00



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  • Uncover the story - The historic Leicestershire village of Cosby has ancient roots stretching all the way back to the Domesday Book of 1086. One of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy all this heritage is to sit with a delicious lunch under the thatched roof of a 15th century tithe barn or sip a latte in the shadow of a magnificent 14th century parish church. <hr> The Tithe Barn, right in the heart of the village conservation area, is a charming timber-framed thatched barn that has gone from a medieval church grain store to an award-winning restaurant and delicatessen. The story of this building’s transformation is a remarkable one. <hr> When it was first built around 1450, the tithe barn was used for storing rents and ‘tithes’ – one tenth of a farm’s produce that was given to the Church. The village priests would live off the tithes given to them by local farmers. Over time the barn became derelict until, in the late 1980s, it was restored and turned into offices. It wasn’t until the 21st Century however that this ancient building was to throw open its doors as a place to meet, eat and socialise. <hr> Today The Tithe Barn’s mighty oak timbers and dramatic interior make a meal a wonderfully memorable experience. Equally impressive is the English courtyard garden outside which is surrounded by a Lychgate, the medieval St Michael and All Angels parish church and 17th century Brooks Edge House, historic home of the Armston family. According to legend, Brooks Edge was where Cromwell’s soldiers interrogated the young son of this pro-Royalist family, later celebrated in William Fredrick Yearns’ famous painting ‘When Did You Last See Your Father’.

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