I was first taken to the City Farm a couple of years ago by my boyfriend who decided I needed to get out of the kitchen once in a while. I was hooked. I find it very peaceful, a little haven where you can pretend you’re in the countryside while you’re in the city. The farm and cafe are in a small valley surrounded by a nature reserve, allotments and houses. There are friendly pigs, goats, sheep and chickens etc. to meet, a play area for the kiddies and a quirky cafe. The cafe building was designed to resemble a tree, or tree house, it’s surreal, Dali/Gaudi-esque like it grew up from out of the ground. It over-looks the play area and is child-friendly.
Many of the ingredients used are organic, fair-trade, wild and local, including eggs, meat, vegetables and salad from St Werburghs City Farm. Even the plates and mugs are made at the St. Werburghs pottery www.stwerburghspottery.co.uk.
The menu includes breakfast classics, burgers, and specials such as spicy pork burrito with rice at £7.50. I had a smoked haddock chowder from the lunch menu at £6.50, including bread. It was hearty and flavourful with big flakes of haddock and chunks of potato. Not too heavy or creamy but warming and filling. My only criticism would be that I found a few bones and it was a little over-seasoned for my taste.
I will keep coming back, they do a cracking hot chocolate and have a selection of home- made cakes which is just the thing you need to warm the cockles on a grim winter’s day, after walking the dog or visiting the piglets.
The cafe is open 6 days a week, 10am – 4pm Winter, and 10am – 5pm Summer (closed Tuesdays) http://www.swcityfarm.org.uk.
They are also doing a Tasty Tales Dinner on Saturday 27th November, 5 courses for £25 with (homemade) drinks and tales. Pop in to the cafe to book or email firstname.lastname@example.org.