Ferneley’s Dairy Barn Café
Latest: Ferneley’s now offers local (Melton & Rutland) doorstep milk deliveries, plus free-range eggs from Birkles of Loughborough. They offer whole, semi- and skimmed in reusable glass bottles (litre or pint). Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live out of the area but would like a delivery, please register your interest via the same email address for future delivery route extensions.
A proper on-the-farm experience, Ferneley’s makes and serves superb ice cream using milk from its herd of Holstein and Friesian cows. You can see the cattle as you tuck in and also watch the ice cream being made through a viewing window. There is a milk vending machine on site, too.
Ferneley’s impressively spacious, newly built Dairy Barn Cafe also offers breakfasts, light lunches and snacks, with many ingredients sourced locally from nearby March House Farm in Leicestershire.
Ferneley’s is a lovely place to visit, whether you’re hiking (the farm is on a beautiful walking route), cycling or travelling by car or bus. It is run by Peter and Vanessa Darlington, whose family has farmed here since the 1930s. Their 100-strong pedigree herd also supplies milk used to produce prize-winning Long Clawson Stilton cheese.
The Dairy Barn Café – which has a children’s play area – is a great example of farm diversification and if you appreciate the farm-to-spoon ethos, you should pay it a visit. You’ll love the rural tranquility, exceptional ice cream and locally sourced ingredients.
By Matt Wright, founder & editor