Muddy says: Your one-stop-shop for farmy fun, lunch and the best produce the Island has to offer.
In recent years, farm shops have been stepping up their game – it’s no longer a quick pit stop for a handful of veg and block of cheese. These days they’re bonafide day-trip destinations and nowhere does it better than Briddlesford Farm which has been open since 1923.
Based on the Isle of Wight, the working farm has a fantastic farm shop stocking the best the island has to offer, with products from 50+ local producers, specialist products, there’s an in-house butchery and, the pièce de résistance, the farm’s milk, butter and cream that’s produced by the farm’s award-winning Guernsey herd (top tip: it sells out within minutes of being on the shelves, so get down early). The farm also knows their way around la fromage too, selling Cheddar, Caerphilly, Gouda, Feta style and Halloumi style on site. Add to that they’ve even won Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.
There’s also a café, Bluebells at Briddlesford (sweetly named after the favourite family in the herd) which opens seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. On select evenings, the venue is also open for supper and private parties. Foodwise, it’s all seasonal, fresh local ingredients, and café also hosts live music nights featuring local talent.
Briddlesford has the kids covered too, with Welly Wednesdays that run throughout school holidays – a tour around the farm to see baby animals, a trip to the Heritage Centre, tractor rides and a look at the milking parlour.