Limes Farm is an absolute gem in the Northamptonshire countryside at Farthinghoe, between Brackley and Banbury.
Comprising a farm shop and tearoom, almost all of the food on sale here is grown or produced on the farm, including freshly baked bread and cakes made by the Limes Farm bakery team, meat raised on the farm, fruit and vegetables grown in the surrounding fields, and farm-made chutneys and preserves.
Limes Farm, which has been in the same family for around 200 years, is proud to use traditional farming methods. “As far as possible all of the raw ingredients in our products are grown here at Limes Farm using traditional farming methods without the use of unnatural treatments,” says managing director Nicky Dorward. “Plants are allowed to grow at their own rate and if some fail, they fail, and those that flourish are harvested for use in our products.”
Both the shop and tearoom are situated in a converted medieval barn that oozes rustic charm. The tearoom is on two levels so there is usually somewhere to sit even when it’s busy.
The menu changes depending on the season and what is ready on the farm, but when we visited I had a delicious, hot sausage roll teamed with a seasonal coleslaw and salad. A nice surprise on the side was a small sample of the soup of the day. I can never quite find room to eat one of their desserts but always make sure I buy a couple of sweet treats from the shop as I leave. Last time I visited I grabbed a chocolate brownie, which didn’t even make it out the car park!
By Lisa Hayter, south Northants editor