Foodies rejoice! If you have a penchant for delicious, local produce and farm-fresh fare, the City of Bath offers a veritable feast, courtesy of its excellent selection of farm shops. Whether it is home-made chutneys, artisan breads or thick and creamy ice-cream that is most likely to get those taste-buds tingling, you can be sure to find food heaven in one of these fine establishments:
This family farm is located in Newton St Loe, a charming village nestled in the stunning rural landscape that surrounds Bath. Their award-winning butchery specialises in high quality, free range meats, courtesy of their very own beef herd that roams the lush fields of their Duchy of Cornwall farm. The farm shop and rustic café stock a whole host of delectable local produce – from Somerset apple juice to Bath’s very own Bertinet breads and croissants. Make sure you visit with an empty stomach. Their Sunday lunches have gained a reputation as one of the best around, so booking ahead is highly recommended.
This little gem is located within the Prior Park Garden Centre just south of the city centre and focuses on stocking a varied and interesting selection of goods – from store cupboard essentials to rather more extravagant gastronomical treats. Colourful fruit and vegetables straight out of the fertile Wiltshire farmlands are delivered to Prior Park every day, whilst a selection of renowned local brands such as Hobbs House Bakery and Marshfield Farm are on their books.
With an award-winning café serving award-winning recipes such as lime and coconut pie, you can safely assume that the produce on sale at Farleigh Road Farm Shop is going to be of a similar outstanding quality. Fresh, daily bread, warm from the ovens of the Bath Bakery can be found here as well as creamy milk from Midway Dairy. But it is the little things that make this farm shop truly special, from the self-service olive bar to the sunny terrace complete with children’s play area out back. You can even order a glass of wine or local ale with your food – the café is fully licensed.
Hartley Farm Shop is a family business and a half with an impressive five generations of farmers and over 100 years of experience to its name. Their butchery counter is the cornerstone of the business, specialising in traditional roasting joints and succulent steaks, and the farm shop includes an irresistible selection of delicatessen treats such as award-winning sausage rolls and a charcuterie and cheese selection.
Hartley’s family-friendly, fully-licensed café is certainly worth a visit, too, serving everything from eggs benedict to pulled lamb flatbreads; BLTs to afternoon teas. The green outdoor space is perfect on a sunny day; if you have little ones in tow, they will enjoy stroking the horses and playing in the park after they have refuelled.
If you like this, you will also love Hartley’s sister business, Neston Farm Shop situated on the Bath Road. Top tip: try their homemade burger!
Surrounded by 400 acres of scenic Somerset countryside, Farrington’s Farm is situated a short drive out of the city, right between Bristol and Bath. However, with its huge selection of home-grown, seasonal vegetables and wide range of sumptuous items from local and artisan producers, a visit is well worth the drive. Highlights include a well-stocked delicatessen with over 50 cheeses and an in-house butcher with a focus on free-range and naturally reared meat. Additionally, Farrington’s Farm Shop offers beautifully gift-wrapped hampers that can be delivered anywhere in the UK for a small fee as well as a charming café, complete with exposed wooden beams and honest, home-made food to help you refuel after too much shopping.
Head out towards the quaint village of Frome to find White Row Farm, a business which strives to serve high quality produce whilst simultaneously supporting the local community as much as possible. The star residents of White Row Farm are the Large White pigs and large flock of hens that supply eggs and pork to the shop. The arable farmlands surrounding the farm also grows a rainbow of vegetables to tempt visitors whilst the on-site fishmongers and butchers offer produce from South Coast fisheries and a variety of other local farms. White Row’s wonderful café also serves up a tempting lunch menu, including mouth-watering doorstep sandwiches!
With this treasure trail of eminent farm shops in and around Bath, is it any wonder that foodies gravitate towards this beautiful city? Live nearby and you will be spoiled for choice!