Cafe Bar Restaurant
Hall Farm boasts a farm shop and a light and airy café-restaurant, and is set amid breathtaking views of the surrounding area – it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot. Local produce is in abundance both in the café and in the shop, which is adored by foodies stocking up on cheese, fresh bread and treats from the bakery and top-notch deli goods. Visitors old and young delight in exploring the farm trail, from which the farm and animals can be seen in action.
The starters were both generous in size and delicious; I plumped for the creamy vegetable soup with seeded onion bread while my normally chatty dining companion was rendered silent by the melted goat’s cheese and sourdough. We were tempted to choose from the wide variety of locally farmed meat, but in the end selected from the range of innovative daily specials. My partner went for the whole plaice with crushed potatoes and was impressed – the plaice fell
neatly off the bone having been cooked with real skill. I couldn’t resist the butternut squash risotto, which proved to be a delight. It was sweet and fluffy and was perfectly complemented by the accompanying homemade garlic bread. Dessert came in the form of a heavenly Eton Mess laden with real cream and fresh strawberries, and a platter of fresh fruit. Nothing is too much trouble for the helpful staff at Hall Farm, who made our visit a memorable one.