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The Garlic Farm, Newchurch

Tour, taste or stay at this must-see Island attraction with farmshop, café and accommodation - but be sure to take some mints.

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Growing garlic is a serious business on the Island. A named ingredient on some of the smartest menus around the South Coast, it even has its own annual festival. There’s nowhere better to get a flavour of why the garlic is so special than at The Garlic Farm. You’ll find it in Newchurch, on the East side of the Isle of Wight, near Arreton.

A gastro must-visit, The Garlic Farm dates back more than 60 years to Granny Nora. In the years since she planted her first bulbs, her family has dedicated itself to exploring its history and origins. They’ve experimented with different varieties and created a range of garlic-infused products, from garlic mayonnaise and garlicky chutneys (yum) to black garlic beer and garlic ice cream (an acquired taste…).

Come here to tour the farm and experience why the family is so passionate about this cooking staple. Roam around on a self-guided walk, take a tractor ride and book-in for school holiday workshops. Then stay for a slap-up lunch in the café (think garlic wedges, mushrooms and sweet desserts with black garlic and chocolate sauce). The farm shop is packed with garlic goodies and other Island specialities too.

Looking for somewhere to stay? The Garlic Farm’s seven converted self-catering holiday cottages and five luxury yurts (sleeping between two and ten people) in the area around the farm are well worth a look.

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Mersley Farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch
01983 865378

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