Farm Shops

brue replied on 13/04/2017 10:06

Posted on 13/04/2017 10:06

Any recommendations in parts of the country some of us might be visiting? I can recommend two in Somerset, just off the A3303 near the South Petherton roundabout. The Trading Post and Bower Hinton Farm Shop. Both have coffee shops (one in an old railway carriage) So also quite useful if you've got a motorhome and want a break, parking a bit tricky with a caravan. But if you're staying in the area a good alternative to supermarkets. smile

Dorset Diver replied on 13/04/2017 10:18

Posted on 13/04/2017 10:18

Washing Pool farm near Bridport.  Lovely produce and a wide variety.  Downsides (IMHO) are it features in Broadchurch and the cafe / restaurant is rubbish despite having access to all the lovely things from the shop.  

Vicmallows replied on 13/04/2017 14:19

Posted on 13/04/2017 14:19

I do remember Farm Shops from when they actually sold produce actually produced on the farm, and often at an attractive price.

Certainly in my area, these days they are little more than upmarket retail outlets.  Yes, the fresh produce is often local, and usually of high quality ..... but the price reflects this .... with an added margin for the fact that it calls itself a 'farm shop'.

Wherenext replied on 13/04/2017 14:48

Posted on 13/04/2017 14:48

We tend to buy most of meat purchases from Hawarden Food Shop. Their beef is their own from the estate and the Pheasants, Partridge and Rabbits are either shot on the estate or from the locality.

They also have a very good selection of cheeses and their deli counter isn't too bad. They have a PYO in season and sell the fruit in the shop as well as their own veg.

We don't use the cafe but it can get quite busy.

The farm shop is situated on the B5125 on the way out of Hawarden towards Broughton Aerospace.

Wherenext replied on 13/04/2017 14:51

Posted on 13/04/2017 14:51

the cafe / restaurant is rubbish

The one and only thing we've ever eaten there was their custard tart, quite a few years ago and I have to say that it was the best I've ever tasted and at the time I was an expert on them.

However, I've not been that way for 6/7 years and eating establishments change as chefs/cooks come and go so any recommendation for eating is only as good as the last review and some times not even then.

brue replied on 13/04/2017 15:08

Posted on 13/04/2017 14:19 by Vicmallows

I do remember Farm Shops from when they actually sold produce actually produced on the farm, and often at an attractive price.

Certainly in my area, these days they are little more than upmarket retail outlets.  Yes, the fresh produce is often local, and usually of high quality ..... but the price reflects this .... with an added margin for the fact that it calls itself a 'farm shop'.

Posted on 13/04/2017 15:08

The two I quoted sell locally made and farmed products and one of them the Trading Post grows veg next to the premises. They sell other things which gives a good variety. Here's a link. smile

brue replied on 13/04/2017 15:13

Posted on 13/04/2017 15:13

Another good farm shop just off the A303 (London to the South West) is the one at NT Stourhead, run independently they have a good range of products and also separate parking from the NT area but all via the same entrance.

Stourhead Farm shop

Rowena replied on 13/04/2017 15:20

Posted on 13/04/2017 15:20

Heaven Farm in the heart of Sussex Weald is lovely. It has an organic farm shop and tearooms plus it's a CL Site too! The bluebells are beautiful at this time of year. 

Pictures on this post are from our family visit to Heaven Farm in October last year. 

SteveL replied on 13/04/2017 16:43

Posted on 13/04/2017 14:19 by Vicmallows

I do remember Farm Shops from when they actually sold produce actually produced on the farm, and often at an attractive price.

Certainly in my area, these days they are little more than upmarket retail outlets.  Yes, the fresh produce is often local, and usually of high quality ..... but the price reflects this .... with an added margin for the fact that it calls itself a 'farm shop'.

Posted on 13/04/2017 16:43

Butts sells a range. Some from the farm such as the Gloucester Old Spot Pork and bacon, some from other producers in the area. Certainly the Old  is very good value. Although would appear expensive in relation to commercially reared supermarket pork.

Wherenext replied on 13/04/2017 21:55

Posted on 13/04/2017 21:55

If in the Suffolk area I can recommend the farm shop at Fiday Street, on the road to Snape from the A12. It sells quite a bit of its own fruit and veg, has a butchers, a PYO, good choice of packed food such as bacon, cheese, pre-prepared meals, etc. There's also a cafe and an Independent excellent Fishmonger on site.

We always spend some time here when in the area.