Farm cafes are perfect if you’re watching your food miles and like to support local producers.
Aston Springs Farm is two years old , has its own venison, rare breed pork and free-range hens and a family farm trail through fields and woodland. Owners Emma and Ken Swain added the cafe this summer in a pretty courtyard complex which also houses the farm shop and a mini farmyard petting zoo.
The cafe (open daily, 10am-4pm) has farmhouse-style tables and clotted cream paintwork. But on a sunny day, eat in the flower-filled courtyard.
The menu includes breakfasts, paninis and sandwiches on handcut bread, unusual salads, afternoon tea, handmade cakes and a quality kids’ menu from £1.95. A specials blackboard runs to calamari with lime mayo (£6.25) and chicken liver parfait with salad, chutney and bread (£5.95).
Look out for monthly bistro nights.
Aston Hall Farm,
CANNON Hall Farm’s tearoom serves good home cooking using produce from their farm shop. There’s everything from homemade meat pie to pan fried tuna steak.
A new chef has introduced exciting new dishes for the specials board and value offers can now be had at off-peak times, including a quality full English breakfast (up to 11.30am) at £4.25.
When you’ve eaten, head to the farm where there are baby animals for children to visit and an adventure playground.
Every day of the school holidays there will be sheep and ferret racing, children’s craft activity sessions, falconry displays and a racing terrier display team.
Cannon Hall Farm Tearoom,
Bark House Lane