This is a fantastic free morning/afternoon out. We have taken our one year old there at least five times with various combinations of relatives. No entry fee, and lots of farm animals (pigs, goats, donkeys and chickens) to see as well as some rabbits and guinea pigs. (there are hand washing facilities so that you can clean up before you eat the ice cream!)
Then inside there is an ice-cream parlour with dozens of flavours (although not as adventurous as they could be) as well as a smaller one with kids ice cream flavours such as cola, and various sweets flavour.
There is also a shop selling toys, presents and more ice-cream (we picked up several litres of Christmas Pudding flavour which was on offer and out of season during out last trip).
There is also a cafe serving lunches, although this is very much of the jacket potato and beans variety and I wouldn't recommend it for anything more than a quick bite to eat.
Behind the cafe is a children's play area (under 1 metre tall give free access to the toddler area) older/taller children have to pay to access the play barn type facility.
If that wasn't enough there are also two adventure playgrounds and they have also added gentle (kid friendly) quad biking and also mini golf although we haven't tried either of those as they are a little old for our toddler.
Would highly recommend this as a free day out (no entry fee and the animals and playgrounds and toddler area are free to access, although it won't be totally free because it is impossible to resist the ice cream!
Don't go there if you expect to have a relaxing meal . Had to queue for a table , ok it was Good Friday and sunny so accepted that. Placed order, children ate their sandwiches. Then ,40 minutes later after we had watched people all around us who had come in after us get their meal , ok exasperating but we were prepared to be patient. BUT we were then told that they had run out of one of the items we had ordered ! It was chaos , cant seem to get their act together . Their attitude stank , we were told that after all it was only ONE item on our order they couldn't supply !
Asked for our money back and left
We have been going their at least once a month from when it first started winter and summer but after today won't be back , hope they don't miss our custom in the winter when it's quiet , tough if they do as we have found another little tearoom not far from them where they couldn't do enough to help , guess where we will be going in future ?
This ice cream farm is set in Tattenhall in the outskirts of Chester. With free admission it really is a great place to take the kids. It has an under 6's play barn, outdoor adventure play area, gift shop, viewing gallery to watch the milking, birds of prey and animal corner where you can stroke the animals and watch then being fed.
After wondering around the farm you can head indoors, take a seat and the kids can enjoy looking forward to the many delicious flavours of ice cream available (you are spoilt for choice as there are around 30) and it really is of superb quality that you'll be mad not to take a few tubs home.
It is only up the road from us but we fancied an ice cream so decided to visit. Its been a while since i last went and they have refurbished the place. We looked at the ducks, hens and guinea pigs first then had a wander round the shop where there was some lovely locally produced products including cheese, ready meals, nibbles, jams and chutneys etc.
If you go there at about 3.30pm you can watch the cows being milked. There were also a couple of goats, very friendly and if you call them they will come over to you. There were also two pigs and a few donkeys and a pony. A lovely couple of hours out for people with children and there is a play barn. All in all, a good day out!
Holy moly. Ice cream AND cute animals? What genius thought of this combination?
A hungover group of twenty-somethings and one teenager descended on this place after a night of drinking games in Chester. Yes, what had started as a civilised summer afternoon with a barbecue and Pimm's had turned into something altogether darker and more humiliating. Anyway, that aside, the weather was delightfully warm as he approached this quaint little farm with the sole intention of filling up on icy treats. As my friend said, the animals can wait. We did go pet them afterwards, little Shetland ponies and piglets and adorable things, so don't feel too bad.
Like the zoo and Cheshire Oaks, this region of Greater Manchester is worth travelling out of the city for. Ice cream so good that Ben and Jerry would have been proud of it? Yes indeed. Far, far too delicious was this stuff. Let me talk you through the flavours, separated into the equally tempting 'deluxe', 'luxury' and 'special luxury' categories. For deluxe, there's your classic vanilla (an award winner) with all the little black pods still visible in the melty goodness to ensure you know you're getting the finest quality beans, strawberries and cream, chocolate (another award winner), banana, Cheshire Plain, an unusual option that has no additional flavouring and is simply the base for all the different kinds, mint choc chip, rum and raisin, coconut, honeycomb (ANOTHER award winner and rightly so, I tasted this one and went to ice cream heaven - simply Cheshire Plain with big chunks of cinder toffee, some of which have melted... ommm), stem ginger and cinnamon, something I'm desperate for my father to try as cinnamon is one of his favourite all-time flavours for anything, from chewing gum to ice cream, pies to toast.
Luxuries incorporate liquorice and blackcurrant, rhubarb and custard, white chocolate (another worthy award winner), raspberry pavlova, toffee fudge, forest fruits, Baileys (be still my beating heart), apple pie and custard (I'm actually drooling now), butterscotch, and two award winners - banoffee and rhubarb and stem ginger. Finally, for the special luxuries, as if all that wasn't special enough, there's malt tease (I'm a total honeycomb junkie and of course combined this one with the honeycomb flavour, and oh my word, is it good), cointreau and orange, choc fudge cookie, pistachio (another of my father's fave flavours) and mocha coffee bean. There's a great range of sorbets too, but while sometimes I'll opt for a low fat alternative to ice cream I can't here. I physically can't. The ice cream is too delicious to resist. There are seasonal flavours such as Christmas pudding and champagne sorbet, and a variety of diabetic ice creams too.
The ice cream is made there at the farm, from cow to freezer in a matter of 24 hours. It offers itself up as a venue for kids' parties, where birthday girls and boys can use an ice cream machine to make unique flavours. Seriously, ice cream lovers, this is worth a trip. And then another, and then another. Hold on, do my jeans feel tighter this year?
The icecream farm is set in Tasstenhall, about 5 miles from Chester. The venue is small, but very friendly. There is an indoor play area for under 6s, which is free of charge, an outside wooden playarea for the over 6s, with seats around for the adults to sit at. There is a barn at the rear of the premises, which has a selection of animals to meet and greet, include donkeys, llamas, goats and sheep. In the outside pens are rabbits. In the garden area, (50p admission charge), are a collection of owls and hawks, there is a daily flying display which is free of charge. Back to the main building there is a cafe area, where all the food is made on the premises, the menu includes childrens items such as beans on toast, jacket potato, adults such as home made soup, bagettues, sandwiches, the most wonderful cakes and scones (again homemade), a selection of hot and cold drinks. The prices are very reasonable, and the quality is 10/10. There is a gift shop, and these items are very reasonably priced. There is an ice-cream palour, which sells the home made icecream, there are over 40 flavours available. What ever flavour you can imagine its there, including apple pie and custard, liquirose and blackcurrent, baileys, to old favourites such as strawberry. Ice cream can be purchased to take away. This is a very family friendly venue, and in all honestly is superb.
In short don't waste your time - just stop off to buy an ice cream.
We picked up a brochure and this place looked very good so we decided (3 adults and 6 kids) to go along for the day - brochure says allow 2-3 hours! We took a picnic with us - first problem was no area for having this so we sat in the car!!
All looking forward to seeing and hearing about how ice cream was made - to do this we had to ask for a 15 minute DVD to be switched on or us and we all sat in the corner of the shop watching it on a standard TV on the wall - couldn't hear half the time due to the constant flow of people buying ice-creams.
Birds of Prey - hmmmm : 4 owls tucked away in some corner.
Animal collection - 2 tiny donkeys, 2 pigs, 2 llamas and half a dozen goats, oh and about 100 rabbits (saw just as many on the way there!!!) The play area was ok for under 6 yr olds but nothing for older kids to do.
Basically I am not sure what the 2-3 hours was to be used for but we were there for and hour and a half (which included our picnic time).
For better time spent, I would recommend the nearby Candle Workshops
The Ice cream farm is well worth a trip out, it's free to go round the animal corner and see the birds of prey. There is a viewing window where you can see the cows being milked - it's worth phoning in advice to check milking times if your really keen to see it though because they only have two milking sessions per day. If your really lucky when you visit you may even get the chance to see a calf being born. (I've been lucky enough to be there on a few occassions!) There is a childrens indoor play area and an outdoor play area. There is a lovely little gift shop and also a farm shop where you can buy local produce and preserves etc. The tea room here is fantastic and the food is really nice and reasonably priced. And not forgetting the fantastic ice cream and sorbets with a HUGE range of flavours to try, plus you can buy a tub to take home with you.
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