Fordhall Organic Farm

Fordhall Organic Farm, Market Drayton: Hours, Address, Fordhall Organic Farm Reviews: 4/5

Fordhall Organic Farm
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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We are England's first community-owned farm. A family attraction with cafe, farm shop, farm trails, picnic area and yurts. We run events, hold private evening functions, birthday parties, offer guided tours for groups, run birthday parties and offer glamping in our newly renovated yurts. These sleep 6 people and are privately situated on our 140acre farm. Available for weekly or weekend hire. Please contact our office for availability.
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Hannah W
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Family
A lovely farm with many options for all the family. Animals, looped walks, picnic benches, food van, cafe, shop. Very friendly and helpful staff. Extra little touches with a small charge such as roasting marshmallows in the woods. A tractor and mud kitchen area for children. Covid safe, could have more working hand sanitizer and more convenient toilets.
Written April 17, 2021
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36GeoffreyD
Northwich, UK4 contributions
It was the first time we were able to meet after the covid-19 lockdown, to celebrate our friends' golden wedding. We had a barbecue in the garden, keeping social distancing and all fresh food from Fordhall. The pork pies, sausages, burgers with apple and fresh strawberries to finish were all delicious and got the thumbs up from our guests. I would recommend any barbecue planners to stock up from Fordhall! Let's hope for plenty more sunshine to come!
Written June 30, 2020
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traceyfarleigh1967
Nantwich, United Kingdom57 contributions
Friends
We stopped here for brunch on our way to Shrewsbury. I excepted breakfast to be great and it didn’t disappoint. The quality was superb and the portion size perfect. Enough to fill us up for the day but not over the top to make us feel uncomfortable! Tea and cappuccino were lovely too.
Friendly and hospitable staff and nice comfortable ambiance.
Farm shop is well stocked though we couldn’t buy too much as it was in the car all day!
Definitely be back for cafe and shop!
Written October 12, 2021
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Zzzzzless
Cockermouth, UK39 contributions
Family
Yurt from hell.

Heatwave and Met Uk adverse weather warning all week 🌞🌞🌞. Arrived at yurt 40c++ with young children. No Windows and highly insulated. Despite the extreme high temperatures being foreseeable by owners nothing was done to mitigate this. This meant we could not enter to sleep until perhaps midnight with young children and little shade outside, so we packed up noting the gas fridge would not cool in three hours while there. Owners offered some bunk bed type accommodation with strict covid rules as area shared with a large group of people learning there all week. However, I am extremely clinically vulnerable to covid and this makes the alternative accommodation totally unacceptable as well as incomparable and ridiculously not what we booked. So despite a covid guarantee being in place, no extreme and unsafe temperatures consideration was made. The owners would not consider any type of refund, so unfortunately despite my very supportive attitude towards community initiatives such as this I cannot give anything but the lowest score rating. I suggest buying portable air conditioning and extension cable for this rare extreme temp situation or graciously cancel booking until another time as you would if covid struck. We left and lost our entire holiday booking paid up front. Also note to reach the yurt you had to negotiate an electric fence and with young children that is unsafe and should be pre-advised. We are however from rural area, so managed this but should be mentioned.
Written July 21, 2021
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Dear Neil and family, Thank you for the review and I am sorry that you chose not to spend your holiday here on the farm. The heatwave is unusual and effectively a yurt is a tent and all campers know tents do get hot when the weather is particularly sunny. Being an off grid unit in the corner of a field any form of additional cooling is just not possible (nor in-line with the environmental ethos of the yurt). As discussed the unit would cool as the evening had drawn in and you needed to give it time, by leaving the two stable doors open. Our guests that departed that morning had toddlers and experienced the same weather, and they had a most enjoyable stay with us. We did recognise that sleeping in the heat was a particular concern to you and offered the private sleeping quarters in the very large Straw Lodge building which is extremely cool and fully 'on grid', yet still being an eco-build, with you continuing your yurt experience of sitting under the parasol taking in the farm views and enjoying outdoor cooking/eating at the yurt area. Many of our guests would have jumped at an opportunity to stay in the Straw Lodge as well as using the facilities at the yurts. It was only the communal areas in the Straw Lodge that we advised you could not use as other vulnerable groups were using this space during the day. Due to our strict Covid policies we would not permit mixing of groups. With the fully private bedroom and bathroom spaces offered in the Straw Lodge, the Covid risk to you was no more than in the yurt itself. We understood that your preference was a hotel and we felt we had offered solutions to such unusual and exceptional circumstances. The weather is something we cannot control and our guests typically adapt, be it heavy rain, snow or the sunshine. With regards to the electric fence, it is hooked with an easy to open fully-insulated hook to make the field easily and safely accessible for our visitors. It is all fully sign posted and is used by visiting families and vulnerable adults on site on a regular basis. We are extremely disappointed that you left within a few hours as we were confident that you could have a wonderful time here with us and we did take all steps to try and resolve the issues for you. We do take great pride in our guest experience here and we are truly sorry that we could not meet your expectations on this extremely unique occasion.
Written August 3, 2021
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marleymarble
Birmingham, UK9 contributions
Couples
Strange tiny place seeing as it’s listed as an attraction as such. You’re greeted by boards and boards of unfriendly covid warnings from distancing to masks to can’t pay by card to strict one way to don’t even enter until you’re beckoned in by a member of staff who wasn’t even there. So seeing as the country is somewhat trying to move on with caution, this place is a bit behind the times and makes you feel like you’ve got covid and they really don’t want you to be anywhere near their property. There’s such a small shop there it’s not worth going and it just sells the normal crazily overpriced farm produce that you can get anywhere. We were going to go for a coffee but came to another unfriendly sign warning us not to go in the area because of covid, we just couldn’t be bothered and went elsewhere for a comfortable drink.
Written July 29, 2021
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Hello Marley, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review with us. We are sorry that you felt our restrictions were unfriendly as you arrived at Fordhall, that is certainly not a message we want to convey. As a community-owned farm, welcoming the community onto site is at the heart of what we do. With restrictions lifting we have had to take some difficult business decisions to ensure the clinically vulnerable members of the community that we support onsite, remain safe. On the week the restrictions lifted, we posted a full update on our Facebook page to let our community know that our current Covid practices would remain in place for the immediate future, as many other establishments have done. This includes our staff wearing facemasks, the one way system and screens remaining in place at our serving counters. We have also retained social distancing space between our indoor tables, despite this reducing our capacity to generate income. We have not taken these decisions lightly. We have had to balance the needs of our community, the vulnerable people we support onsite, our customers, and our ability to generate income. The sign that you came across was asking for you to kindly wait at our entrance to be greeted and seated by a member of our cafe staff. We are sorry that you felt un-welcomed by the procedures we have in place at Fordhall. This is most certainly not our intention. As a community-owned, organic farm, we do pride ourselves in service and quality of ingredients, as well providing a safe space for our local community. As such the meat in our shop butchers counter is derived directly from the landscape here at Fordhall. It is pasture-fed, reared organically and the shop is supplemented with many other local, wonderful small producers around us. Best wishes, The Fordhall Team
Written August 3, 2021
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vaso99
Wollaston, UK453 contributions
Couples
We stopped off for a quick coffee and fancied the toast basket, described as 'selection of local breads served with Welsh butter and organic jam or marmalade'.
The basket arrived with what looked like one type of bread, 5 corners of bread, very dry as when spreading the butter it broke into pieces. Really think £3.95 is a bit rich for a bit of old dry toast.
First and last visit as we're really disappointed.
Written March 6, 2022
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Parkys2017
Warrington, UK8 contributions
Family
We had lovely visit this afternoon with our three children (3, 6 and 8) There was a little mossling workshop on which was fab! Our children really enjoyed learning about peat moss! Pete and the lovely lady ( sorry can't remember her name) were great with them, so interesting! The shop and cafe are lovely although we didn't eat there, but would love to come back another time. The piggies were great to watch also. Thank you
Written May 31, 2022
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AnneMarie775
Chester, UK717 contributions
We saw an advert for "picnic with the lambs" and booked. Great little run out. Nice setting and atmosphere. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. Great for all ages. Nice woodland trail you can do. Toast marshmallows. Lovely views. Toilets on site. Café and food available. Play area for the children. The picnic with the lambs was a delight. Spacious and safe. Great idea
Written April 19, 2021
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alanfox1774
Staffordshire, UK1 contribution
Family
Today was the first visit to this venue with my two young grandchildren and will be my last. It seems it’s trying to attract families and farm shoppers but doesn’t seem to do either well. Everything around the farm seemed well worn or broken. So called garden was overgrown and disorganised. Gates tied up with string, pond just full of slimy weed. After a walk round the shortest trail was in need of a cup of tea, ordered same and waited over 20 minutes in the end gave up and went home for said cup of tea.
Written May 27, 2018
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stephenwyatt2
Cardigan, UK2 contributions
Business
Had a very positive visit to Arthur's Kitchen last year and looked forward to our return. Sadly this is how it went;
We arrived about 11 am, seated ourselves and looked at the specials board which had to read out to me by my Personal Assistant due to my dyslexia. She had just finished reading it when the young woman behind the counter took it down saying they were only serving breakfast until 11.30 am. The board was put out of sight.
We consulted the breakfast menu and as one of our party has very special needs we had to order a breakfast immediately for his sake. We gave in our order which included 7 drinks - 4 teas, 1 hot chocolate, 1 cappuccino, and one flat white coffee. The flat white coffee never arrived but by the end we were so unhappy we did not mention it.
After a few minutes two elderly ladies who were already there before we arrived at 11am were served a quiche salad and soup from the specials menu, which, we had had confiscated. Clearly they had ordered this before we arrived!
Our breakfasts arrived well after 11.30 am.. The bacon was hardly worthy of the label being more like a piece of leather it was so over cooked, way beyond crispy.
The two elderly ladies spent their time very loudly almost eulogising their specials for us to hear.
At the end of a very uncomfortable dining experience my P.A. and partner went out to use the toilet. As they arrived a worker kitted out in his "whites", hat, white boots(not exactly gleaming) and green apron came out from the toilet. He did not go into the café or shop area appearing to go outside so he could have come from any "work" area of the establishment inside or outside. The ambiance he left indicated that he had used the "guest" toilet to deficate .
The two ladies were horrified as they have food hygiene qualifications and know that food operatives are not to wear their aprons and protective wear in the toilet.

We had sat in a café with posters etc advertising healthy food and eating to be only allowed to eat highly fried food or cake cooked in a café with questionable food hygiene actions

Enough said !
One positive they do not offer beans with breakfast.
Written December 2, 2016
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Fordhall Organic Farm is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


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