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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Katarina Clapp Tomic December 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Wow all looks great, great fun for kids (and grown ups of course!), I would have had fun too!


Karla December 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This looks amazing! I love the sign by the goats! Thanks for sharing this and other great recommendations from your trip.


cindy December 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

nice! that sounds amazing and that duck has a mohawk!


Angharad December 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Thank you so much for noticing the duck’s mohawk! We were obsessed with him.


mommylisa December 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

That tart looks AMAZING and the duck is cute!


Gary December 9, 2011 at 4:18 am

Thank you so much for visiting us on the farm. Fantastic review and lovely photo’s. At an agricultural show in the summer our duck won an Elvis Look-a-Like competition! I kid you not…
Visit again soon!


Angharad December 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

Gary that is hilarious! I can’t wait to tell my sister and husband (who were there with me). Genius. We had the best time at the farm. Such a great space and so fun. The food and service at the cafe were excellent too. We’ll be back!


Deptford dame December 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

Not one, but two! Cross the river to the Isle of Dogs and you will find Mudchute farm which has a great cafe too and you can even go horse riding there!


Angharad December 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

That’s amazing! I’ll have to tell my sister since she’s the one who lives right there. Sounds brill.


Mary Holcomb May 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Where in S/Docks? I do not remember the Farm. I ran a Sheltered Housing Unit there for ten years before relocating here in 1982. I am so happy to see that someone else enjoyed been there. The elderly that I cared for were the strongest most amazing people. Most of them had lived through the losses of two World Wars but still carried on regardless. They lived by the good neighbor policy of looking out for and after each other. Thank you for the great Pics!

Mary Holcomb


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