I have been here once before but only to watch my grandchildren play in 'The Playbarn' so could not really form a balanced impression of the place. Yesterday (Sunday 25th November 2012) my wife and I were there again on a similar mission but this time stayed for lunch.
The playbarn is excellent for children who were all having a whale of a time, I just wish that such facilities existed when I was young - a long time ago now!
We had lunch in the clean, modern and well appointed restaurant (Wellies Cafe). Downstairs was getting full as Sunday is probably the busiest day of the week and lunchtime the busiest part of the day. We went upstairs where we could pull two tables together as we were 6 adults and three children (aged 3, 2 and 17 months). 5 of the adults had the roast beef dinner with one having Queche. One child had pizza and the other 2 sausage, beans and chips from the childrens menue. The childrens portions were amazing and probably would have filled an adult with a modest appetite, they were served piping hot and looked very appetising - I was so far very impressed. The adult meals arrived quickly afterwards but were served on cold plates. We were asked if we wanted sauces and had it been ketchup is was handy and nearby but mustard and horseradish sauce had to come from downstairs and took about five minutes to arrive. I made the mistake of waiting for these as by now my meal was almost cold - had I started earlier the meal would have been warmer but I would have been well through it before the extras had arrived. The food itself was very enjoyable and of obvious good quality. The only complaint I could make was that for a Sunday roast, the amount of gravy on the meal was miniscule. I can understand that it is difficult to guage everyones expectation of how much gravy to provide but if such a small amount is to be put on, a jug should have been offered. The meal was therefore very dry but this could easily have been remidied.
We had a mixture of drinks and two of us hads cups of tea. The tea was excellent but milk was not offered and we had to ask for it - that came very quickly. In mitigation the sfaff were very busy as we were there at a particularly busy time.
Afterwards we walked round the farm shop and the wine shop. Both were very interesting and I thought offered good value for money. The selection of wines available was impressive and someone there obviously knows their stuff.
Overall this is a place I would recommend for a family occasion out. The only thing that spoiled the meal was lack of attention to a few details which could be remidied at a stroke. I will probably go back to the farm shop and will definately go back to the wine shop but without the distraction of the family children. I will also try the Wellies Cafe Restaurant again at a quiter time.
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