Last week was National Afternoon Tea Week. I love a scone and clotted cream, and my partner is happy to accompany me on afternoon tea adventures, so a quick Google search led me to Oakley Grange Farm Shop.
It ticked all the right boxes: not too far away, with locally sourced food and an afternoon tea option. As an added bonus, there was a farm shop selling local products.
When we arrived, after travelling down a reassuringly ‘country’ road, I was instantly charmed by the handmade furniture and swing.
There was also a beautifully tended garden, with a particularly cute milk churn display.
I couldn’t resist the lure to take flower photographs.
After reading the menu, we ordered afternoon tea but we were too late for scones: they’d sold out. It was nearly closing time on a sunny day so I bore them no malice. Next time I’ll turn up earlier.
The polite and friendly staff member offered us an afternoon tea with extra cake in place of scones but to me, the scone makes afternoon tea – and there’s only so much cake I can eat – so we opted for a sandwich and piece of cake each instead.
The sandwiches were full of punchy flavours, with home made chutney and local cheese. The carrot cake was light, buttery and delicious, with a perfect buttercream icing. The portion prices were spot on and the tea was good.
The farm shop was utterly tempting and I consider it a great feat of frugal willpower to have left empty handed. I will return nearer Christmas…
If you want a lovely afternoon out, I strongly recommend Oakley Grange Farm Shop. Sitting outside admiring the garden is a relaxing way to spend time. If you have children they can play on the swings and sit in fairytale furniture; and you can return home with treats.
It’s a great place to stock up for a picnic too. With Oakley Grange’s own produce alongside other farmers’ and local producers’ wares, it’s foodie paradise at a very reasonable price.