I am reluctant to write anything negative in the face of such a number of glowing reviews, and expect to have my head bitten off, but our experience was not that great. Granted, we have only been once and it might have been an off morning. There were indeed good points - homely decor,organically grown produce, home milled flour, nice pottery, free range chickens - all things we admire and believe in. BUT it is important not to trade on these beliefs by producing expensive goods and services whose quality may not warrant the cost.
We visited on a Saturday morning, the only visitors at the time: this seemed to have the effect on the three staff of making them think we weren't there and couldn't hear them talking( loudly). The subject of their discussion was embarrassing from an employer's point of view and should never have been heard by a visitor. This suggests that the employers might consider paying more attention to their employees' wellbeing and also giving them better training on how to behave around the public.
We had a fruit scone and cup of coffee each. The coffee was okay, served in a capacious cafetiere and nice big cups. The scones were very dry and tasted too strongly of raising agent, an old mistake many of us made when first learning to bake with wholemeal flour, but not expected from professional cooks. With them came a small dish of very nice homemade jam (you were charged extra for this) and two little marbles of butter, one of mine slightly off.
Everyone should be given a second chance and it wasn't so awful we would never go again, but we wouldn't go out of our way. Luckily we don't live very near!
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