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“Quaint setting, decent food, distracted service.”

The Roost Farm Bakery
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian, Cafe
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a passionate farm! We create and share locally grown food and wines Situated in the heart of North Saanich's pastoral landscape, the focus is on local food and wine, and sustainability. More than just a bakery/cafe, The Roost roosts on 10 acres of farmland where we grow many items used to produce the food we proudly serve. The wheat grown and milled on-site is used to bake breads fresh daily. The blueberries, sheep, and a unique vineyard, all add to the authentic experience. You'll love coming out to our place! Whether you sit on the porch, get comfy in the secret garden, relax on our "chicken-bus", or laze at a picnic bench looking out over the farm and vineyard, you are sure to enjoy a passionate farm experience!
Grapevine, TX
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Quaint setting, decent food, distracted service.”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We read about the Roost Farm Bakery in a travel article and decided to try it for a casual lunch after arriving via ferry.

The setting is charming and quaint, with a converted school bus with dining tables inside, roaming chickens, and a gigantic homegrown pumpkin out front.

Food was just OK - salads seemed hastily assembled, pulled pork pie was not heated through fully. Desserts were fine, but seemed pricey. Service was scattered - the counter employees were a bit curt and tables in the dining area weren't bussed/cleaned. We had to clear someone else's dishes and ask for the table to be wiped so we could sit for our meal. Also saw lots of flies in the dining area - yuck!

No alcoholic beverages available. Their bistro serves wine but closes at the end of the summer.

  • Visited September 2012
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North Saanich BC
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Local Gem”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Farm atmosphere- simple but well prepared breakfasts and lunches. Excellent breads and pastries. Very popular.

Visited August 2012
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Victoria, Canada
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent Fresh Food”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

This location has both a daytime bakery/cafe and an evening bistro. Both are excellent, offering fresh farm produce and freshly baked goods. I highly recommend their carrot cake and cheese scones. But beware the portions are huge, so take to go is the best option. The cafe/bakery has ample seating inside, and shares the bistro's enormous outside area with seating in various locations around the properties. The bistro is al fresco dining during the summer only.

  • Visited September 2012
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Toronto
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Best meal in BC”
Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic farm to table eating. Charming surroundings with chicken and sheep. Fresh ingredients artfully prepared. Delicious pizza and salad as well as creative wine cocktails. Outstanding find!

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Thank Giraudcan
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La Conner, Washington
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“What a find....”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stopped at the Roost for lunch on our way to Sidney. It was sooooooo good. The sandwich was large enough to share and the desserts were to die for. We couldn't decide so we took some home with us since we couldn't have everything we wanted right then. This place is great. The bistro next door had some wonderful sounding items also. Will definitly be back

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Carole058
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