surrey docks city farm

December 7, 2011

You might not expect to find a working farm smack bang in the middle of London but that’s exactly where Surrey Docks City Farm is, right on the banks of the river Thames.

We walked for about two miles from my sister’s flat, along the Thames path til we found this gem. A farm! With animals! In London! Consider us charmed.

I loved learning that the herds and flocks are farmed with specific attention to animal welfare – they look happy as larry, running amok in spacious enclosures.

Our primary reason for being there, however, was not to ooh and ahh at goats and donkeys and cute Shetland ponies. Rather it was to eat lunch.

Cafe Frizzante is a modest, completely lovely little cafe on the farm that serves the most spot-on full English breakfast (free range, farm fried eggs, char-grilled English back bacon, char-grilled English sausages, sautéed champignon mushrooms, roasted vine tomatoes with oregano, and buttered granary toast). Bloody hell it was good.

They also have a ‘blackboard menu’ of specials, that change weekly, which on our visit included this spectacular sweet potato, goat’s cheese, and fennel tart, and the heartiest vegetable soup. Rumour has it their roasts are epic too.

We hugely recommend a visit if you live in London or are planning a trip – it would be a wonderful place to take kidlets too!

p.s. the farm relies on donations to keep running. If you want to donate to them, you can do so here.

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