We’d known about Roots Farm Shop & Cafe for a long time. People we know have raved about it for so long but for some reason we’d just never got round to visiting. As it was one of the first sunny Saturdays of the year we decided to make the short journey out for a spot of brunch. When I say ‘we’ I mean myself, Dex and my mum who is always partial to a trip out that potentially involves tea and cake.
We arrived around around 12.45pm. It was busy but not heaving and we were swiftly shown to a table. Dex was happy at the choice of brunch on the menu although his favourite ‘eggs benedict’ is only available on weekdays. He chose scrambled egg, bacon and a muffin. He added a hash brownie side.
We were very happy bunnies indeed that they serve our favourite soft drink brands — Fentimans and Luscombe.
Mum ordered quiche which she said she throroughly enjoyed and the waitress was very helpful with some of mum’s requirements. I opted for the afternoon tea as I knew whatever I started with I would want cake afterwards so I thought this was a good choice. However, to say I was underwhelmed by the presentation is an understatement. I have no idea what flavour the slice of cake was. It was very meagre on the filling. I gave most of it to Dex — he’s a growing lad still, but even he couldn’t suss out it’s flavour. It would’ve been nice to choose from a selection. The scone was just okay. The brownie was enjoyable. The best part was it was paired with a mug of Rounton’s coffee which was hot and hit the spot. The price included a refill.
I chose tuna sandwiches on brown bread for the savoury part of my tea but I wasn’t inspired. The bread was leaning towards the dry side and the plonking of the side salad and flavourless crisps just didn’t do anything for me. I’ve had lots of afternoon teas and I would give this a 3/10 sadly.
Maybe afternoon tea isn’t their strong point. A table next to us left a lot of theirs. Don’t get me wrong here — it was only the sandwiches that were left on mine. As I said — Dex ate the cake, my mum shared the dark chocolate and orange scone with me and I did enjoy the brownie but I felt a tad let down when they both decided to order dessert and they came looking like this.
White Chocolate & Lemon Cheesecake Served With Archers Ice Cream
Lemon Meringue Pie With Cream
I know what I would choose with my time over again!
The bill came to around £47.00 which apart from my afternoon tea we thought was very good value. The staff were very attentive and friendly despite the constant surge of customers. The toilets* spotless — it’s been a while since I’ve taken a photo of the toilets on our travels. * Note to self — must take that up again. We walked back through the farm shop which was all decked out with Easter goodies. We bought two large bottles of Fentimans Rose Lemonade and a jar of chutney; a treat for Dex’s dad. We couldn’t leave him out when he wasn’t with us.
Overall, it was a lovely afternoon and we can understand the draw. The meat sold at the butcher’s counter in the shop looked first class and I know now that I’ve been I’ll be back to sample the farm shop delights again at some point.
We’ve heard Sunday lunch is good so maybe we’ll be visit again to try that.
Have you visited Roots Farm Shop & Cafe. We’d love to know what you thought.