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“Sunday dinner”

Fordhall Organic Farm
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
2 reviews
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“Sunday dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

called here in the middle of Friday rush hour for Sunday's meat joint and some GOS sausages. Butcher was very helpful and cut the joint to size requested. Will call again.

Visited September 2013
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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“We only visited the cafe and were very disappointed.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have shares in this farm, and wanted to visit the café. We ordered three drinks, two cakes and a gingerbread man. It came to over £14 which we found just too much money for what we got. The drinks and gingerbread man were fine, but the home made cakes were very disappointing. I had a courgette cake with coconut and lime which sounded and looked very nice. However, the cake was dry and like eating sand, you could not taste any of the ingredients and after one mouthful, left the rest. We looked at the menu, breakfasts looked good, but at over £10 for an English breakfast, the prices were just exorbitant and not justifiable in my view.

Overall - a waste of money, and whilst we would return to the farm, we would not return to the café. Save your money and head into Shrewsbury for some decent cafes at reasonable prices.

Visited August 2013
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Thank TTheworld
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FordhallFarm, Manager at Fordhall Organic Farm, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Beech Family,
We are sorry that your experience in Arthur's was not up to standard. I am surprised that the cake was dry as the cakes should be fresh each morning. I will certainly take this up with the staff to ensure it does not happen again, and thank you for bringing it to our attention.

All of our cakes are made on site, by our own baker and in line with the farms seasonal and organic ethos, we love to make the most of the seasons, such as courgette cake!

We are glad you enjoyed the drinks. We take great pride in our freshly ground triple certified coffee, registered organic, fair trade and rain forest alliance friendly.

Our menu is varied, with a separate specials menu which changes weekly. The cooked English includes bacon, sausage and black pudding from Fordhall, plus organic tomato's, mushrooms, toast, local free range eggs, and bubble and squeak. You would not need to eat for most of the day, after a full English at Fordhall!

And, for those who would like a lighter breakfast, we have toast with butter or jam (organic bread) for 99p or a sausage or bacon bap.

When choosing to source as much as possible local and/organic, it does unfortunately affect prices, but we do our best to ensure that this impact is as minimal as possible.

You can at least take pleasure in knowing, that any profits that are generated are reinvested into the educational programme on the farm.

I wonder if you were able to take a walk on one of our free farm trails? It is a beautiful farm, and after all, it would not be here without all of our fantastic members.
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“The concept of a farm owned by shareholders very good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We thought the method of 'saving' this farm by selling shares was a great concept. Although we do not really know the full facts.
We have used the farm shop and the restaurant.
The shop was ok and particularly if you are into 'home grown' but the choice when we went was a little limited. It seems much of the produce is brought in from like minded growers.
We were a little disappointed with the restaurant, again with a limited choice. It also seemed to lack some atmosphere, and at these prices that was a little disappointing. The staff were fine but the surrounding were a bit basic for the price you were paying.

But overall well done for achieving what you have.

NB could not select the 'sort of visit' as we went with my son and wife, so family visit, no teens, no young children. So I selected family teens

Visited May 2013
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Inspirational”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Visited during their open day in 7th july. Very well organised with loads for kids to do (all free for a mere £3 to get in!!!) and stalls and food for adults to enjoy. Had a guided walk around estate and heard the story behind how it overcome all odds to become the beautiful and inspirational place it is today - a genuine 100 % organic farm producing top quality food ethically and in balance with nature, and the first community owned farm which is enjoyed by everyone far and wide who use the land for youth and school visits, music festivals, nature walks etc. The farm shop and tea room is imaculate and food superb. Well worth a visit and get to know the freindly genuine staff who have saved this amazing corner of countryside from the ravages of modern day .

Visited July 2013
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Thank Dave R
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FordhallFarm, Manager at Fordhall Organic Farm, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Hi Dave,
Thank you for all your lovely comments. I have passed on the comments about our Summer Fair to Becca who organises the events. It was a very hot day, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I'm glad you also had time to try both the tea room and farm shop.
Although our trails are open six days a week, our next organised event is a Beer and Music Festival in September. Advance tickets are cheaper if you are up for it!
Either way, many thanks and we hope to see you again. I will ensure all staff get to see your lovely comments.
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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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“Fab food, worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Visited Fordhall Farm as I'm moving nearby soon and wanted to see what they offered. Given the time of year, I wasn't too surprised at the small range of veg in the shop, but my partner enjoyed the Barnsley chops we bought.
We had lunch at Arthur's which was fabulous, and the staff were brilliant - really friendly and welcoming.
I can't wait to move to have this place on my doorstep!

Visited March 2013
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FordhallFarm, Manager at Fordhall Organic Farm, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Hi Karen, we look forward to you moving up to Shropshire :-)

Everything we source and cook is seasonal so it will be constantly changing. Even the ten vegetables for the Sunday roast menu will change.

Hope to see you soon ...
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