Secret Diner review: Newfield Dairy Café, Southwell

Published on July 25, 2014

By Elizabeth Roper

On entering Newfield you are immediately greeted by the enticing sight of a wonderful range of ice cream that always includes a seasonal theme or local speciality; although I have to say my personal preference is Liquorice and Elderberry Ripple! Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and never more so than at Newfield: the hearty ‘Farmers Fuel’ is wonderful, but smaller options include sausage and bacon rolls or eggs on toast – anyway you like. The added bonus is that they are all served all day.

Arrive mid-morning you won’t be able to resist the tempting range on homemade cakes (lemon drizzle is amazing) and if you have a food intolerance there are a good range of options too. Gluten-free chocolate orange is wonderful – try it even if you don’t have to avoid gluten!

As lunchtime arrives specials are written up on the board, which come in addition to the regular menu and include wonderful treats like homemade soup served with a hunk of granary bread, quiche, magnificent pulled pork ciabatta (with fries and coleslaw) or salmon and smoked haddock fishcakes with salad and yummy celeriac remoulade. If you do have room for pudding – it has to be ice cream, even if you only have room for a small treat, the one-scoop tub will top your meal off nicely.

Visit in summer and sit on the patio or in winter snuggle up by the lovely wood burner: with views over the lush green fields and Newfield’s own herd of Friesians, this is a little piece of heaven in rural Nottinghamshire. Oh – and on your way out you will have to pick up a takeaway tub – once you have tasted this ice cream you won’t accept any other!

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.