Friday, 20 November 2015

Eating Out and About #11 A Taste of Gloucestershire in London at Daylesford Farm Shop

Daylesford is an Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, we first passed it on our way to The Kingham Plough (which you can read about in this blog post here) and since then I’ve noticed them popping up on my Instagram feed lots and lots.

They have a farm shop and café on the farm in Kingham itself, and also at a few locations in London. So when we found ourselves in the Sloane Square area one very wet weekend, we decided to pop in to their Pimlico farm shop and see if the food tastes as good as the Instagram pictures look.

Before heading up to the café, we had a browse around the farm shop. They had all the Christmas foods stacked high and ready to go: Christmas tree shortbreads, Christmas puddings, stollen, nougat, chocolate snowflakes and plenty more.

I could have easily bought everything in the farm shop, so before I got carried away, we headed up to the café and took a couple of seats in the window to watch the world go by.

We watched the food coming out of the kitchen and I changed my mind numerous times before ordering. The Eggs Benedict looked exceptional, and although quiche never usually floats my boat, it did on this occasion, served with a choice of two of their fresh salads. But, in the end, I went for neither, as someone behind me ordered the Corned Beef Hash, and so I copied them when I saw it arriving at their table. Kingsley had the Daylesford Beef Burger with cheddar, heritage tomato, gherkins and red onion.  You could order wedges to go on the side, but as it was just a lunch and not our main meal, we kept it light.

The corned beef was like no other I’ve had before. I now feel like I’ve been cheated up until now with the shop-bought stuff! It was served with a perfectly cooked fried egg, salad and a pot of their homemade brown sauce. That brown sauce is rich and dark, with the right amount of sweet and spice. I am definitely going to have to get a bottle to keep at home for sausage butties on the weekends.

Kingsley’s burger was flippin’ lovely. It was covered in melted cheese and the patty itself was really juicy and seasoned well. If I hadn’t been off out for dinner that evening, I would have had to join him with another burger – it was that nice.

Daylesford is all about real and sustainable food; everything is organically farmed and the quality and taste is clear. I’m not going to lie, you do pay for the organic and sustainable bit, what with a burger (served with dressed leaves) coming in at £14, but personally, I think the extra is worth it to support a company with good principles.

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