A visit to Dovecote Farm could easily take you a few hours. Start by picking your own fruit or veg (the season begins with asparagus and ends with blackberries), then peruse the farm shop for a wide and interesting variety of food, followed by a reviving drink, snack, restaurant meal or high tea in The Buttery before you leave.
The extensive pick-your-own area is set around the farm shop, with soft fruit grown undercover and on tabletops to allow easy picking without fear of back strain, sunburn or rain.
The eat-in food on offer is homemade, using as many local ingredients as possible. The menu includes basics such as jacket potatoes, interesting salads (we enjoyed a goats’ cheese salad with a sticky fig balsamic glaze), Norfolk salmon fishcakes and an amazing array of cakes. You can eat in the light, airy indoor restaurant or in the beautiful garden.
In the farm shop you will find everyday food such as meat, vegetables, bread, flour and in-season fruit, as well as more exotic deli treats, handmade chocolates from Maxwells, vodka and gin from Williams Chase and general gifts. The whole range is carefully selected and refreshingly different, offering brands and products not commonly seen elsewhere.
A PYO business that opened in 1985 gave birth to the current Dovecote Farm enterprise. Although the offering has expanded, farming is still at the heart of everything and this connection with the local area is tangible in the food and the products.
Dovecote Farm is off the beaten track and easily missed, but well worth a visit – this slick operation shows a farm shop at its best.
By Anna Forgaard, regional editor