DESTINATION FOCUS • November 2019
Escape to the British countryside for rustic dining at these top foodie farms, where prize vegetables and best-of-breed meat are on the menu, says founder of The Foodie Travel Guide, Sally Rooma
This futuristic outpost of international art gallery Hauser & Wirth is home to Roth Bar & Grill. While the aesthetic of the hotel-style bar and art-lined walls takes inspiration from the city, the local produce is the main exhibit. Durslade Farm beef hangs in the salt room like a modern art installation, and vegetables are harvested from the kitchen garden. Cocktails and juices are as seasonal and inventive as the daily-changing menu.
Farm fodder: Art gallery, Piet Oudolf-designed garden, shops and farmhouse accommodation.
A farmstead venture by chefs Tom Adams of London’s Pitt Cue and New York-based April Bloomfield. Set among 66 acres of meadow and woodland, everything at Coombeshead Farm is made on site, foraged or locally sourced. Home-cured pork comes from the farm’s curly-haired Mangalitsa pigs, while sourdough bread is from the on-site bakery. In the rustic barn restaurant, Tom’s plates sing with the seasons.
Farm fodder: Bread-making workshops and a farmhouse B&B.
It’s all about the veg at Riverford Field Kitchen. At the heart of the farm, known for its organic veg box scheme, the restaurant has nailed the field-to-fork brief. At communal tables, friends and families feast on platters of imaginatively cooked seasonal vegetables alongside organic meat and sustainable fish. Puddings, with lashings of custard or Devon cream, are scrumptious.
Farm fodder: Cooking masterclasses, floristry workshops, farm walks and tractor-trailer rides.
Photoshoot-ready and shrine to all things beautiful and organic, Daylesford is the go-to destination for a girls’ lunch in the Cotswolds. The Trough (and its latest extension, The Legbar) models the latest healthy eating trends with ingredients such as bee pollen and bone broth. If seasonal superfood salads and dairy-free cheesecake are too smug, order a bottle of rosé from the Bamford family’s Provençal estate or a wood-fired pizza at the Old Spot restaurant.
Farm fodder: Day spa, cookery school, floristry workshops, farm shop, seasonal events and holiday cottages.
The perfect pitstop for hungry drivers motoring along the A5 to Snowdonia is Rhug Estate Organic Farm, where the bison herd is the local attraction. At The Bison Grill, the Royal Warrant holder headlines the low-fat, low-cholesterol meat of this prehistoric-looking beast. Travellers graze on juicy bison burgers and tender, slow-cooked meat. It’s one of three estate eateries, including the UK’s first farm drive-through.
Farm fodder: Farm shop, takeaway and farm walks.
Great Taste winner and countryside gem, Yummy Yorkshire started making ice cream in 2007. Now this working dairy farm, high above Denby Dale, has a popular restaurant, Hide & Hoof and an ice-cream parlour. Regulars chomp on breakfast butties and burgers sourced from local producers. Ice cream comes in an array of artisanal flavours including autumn special, black treacle and amaretti.
Farm fodder: Themed supper evenings and monthly makers’ market.
TV farmer Jimmy Doherty’s farm attraction is an independent destination for Suffolk foodies. Known for its rare-breed meats and sausages, the impressive 200-year-old timber barn restaurant, with knobbly beams and refectory tables, is where families come for relaxed, unfussy dining. From the kitchen, highlights include porky nibbles, hearty roasts with giant Yorkshires and traditional puddings.
Farm fodder: Wildlife park, farm shop, butchery, seasonal events.