During my last weekend visit to Kent I went to have lunch with Mum at The Barnyard, quite possibly the world’s best farm shop. I like the opportunities I get to spend time just the two of us. These opportunities are few and far between with me living in London and my parents being in Kent so I was very much looking forward to a spot of lunch!
I love it because the cafe looks like the inside of my dream home with all its beams and the perfect mixture of old-worldy and modern. Lets hope one day I can call a place that this is pretty home… ahhhh and back to earth.
Their menu changes regularly and its all made from locally sourced ingredients. I went for chicken on a bed of tomato, butternut squash and halloumi cheese and it was damn tasty and it filled the whole so well we couldn’t manage dessert.
After lunch we had a snoop through the many delights the shop has to offer. They have an impressive collection of jams and curds including a mango and passion fruit curd which is my personal favourite. I recently made a mango and passion fruit sponge with this which was scrumptious, I may even share the recipe.
The shop is bursting with the kinds of food that are the perfect elements of a gift hamper, something I’ve done on a couple of occasions for birthday presents.
There is also a great amount baked goods, the flapjack is particularly good!
Another of my favourite things to find at The Barnyard is their home made apple juice. Outside they have an apple orchard. You can buy one of these trees for a year and then you’re entitled to all the apples that tree produces. They also use their own apples to produce a variety of apple juices.
The Barnyard isn’t just a farm shop. It also has a ridiculously adorable gift shop. Its all individual pieces of jewellery, clothing and homely trinkets that make adorable birthday, house warming, wedding or any of kind of gift.
The Barnyard lives on Gore Farm, a huge plot (I mentioned the orchard earlier) but that’s just the beginning. The farm is also home to an adorable array of animals and after a shop snooping a dragged Mum around to come and see them with me. After writing my post Advice to My Younger Self: Remember to Enjoy the Simple Things I wasn’t going to waste my first opportunity in a long time to visit some ponies!
Mum enjoyed it too!
My favourite was the donkeys, I made friends with one little dude in particular.
I was also quite taken with this little miniature Shetland pony.
The pigs were pretty busy burrowing massive ditches in the mud, dirty work.
There are also a fair few alpacas that live at Gore Farm but they were enjoying the view from the top of the hill so I’ll have to go back and see them another day.
The views from where I was standing weren’t too shabby though. Its was a pretty dreary day and its no coastline in the bahamas but I do love Kent, its home after all!
Thanks for lunch Mumsie!