Great place off lunch in the cafe here. Of course everything on the menu has garlic. The farm shop sells all their products from normal garlic to black garlic to garlic infused sauces.
If you are a fan of garlicky flavours you should definitely, definitely pop into this farm when you visit the Isle of White. My friends had been here before, so told me that they served yummy food in their café...but I wasn't expecting such good quality food at such reasonable prices. I had the gnocchi, which was covered in cream and simply delicious. Quite a few of my friends shared meze platters which also looked amaaazing. These included garlic cooked in all different ways, (roasted, pickled, garlic dips etc.) along with garlic bread (of course) and cold meats. At the moment they are also serving winter pimms which was delicious and warming on such a cold day!
In addition to the lovely café, there is a shop selling all possible garlic- related goods! You could buy oak-smoked garlic, black garlic, elephant garlic...as well as an amazing range of garlic chutneys (fig, pear and garlic chutney anyone?), garlic butter, garlic beer(!),** garlic ice-cream, garlic chocolate and they even had planting kits so you can grow your own garlic.
* I have no idea how the previous reviewer, Kevin, had such a different experience to me! All the serving staff and shop staff were incredibly friendly, professional and helpful while we were there.
** I bought some garlic beer for Marc along with a garlic growing kit...so I can update the review if the beer tastes terrible or my garlic doesn't grow!!
You must hit up The Garlic Farm if you happen to be on the Isle of Wight and in search of one-stop-shopping for all things garlic. The fact that it is family-run is also a bonus. This is a nice spot to visit with a group, especially the cafe portion, which offers daily specials in addition to the standard menu selections, all of which feature garlic in various incarnations. I had the baked mac and cheese dish, which was excellent (and not at all overwhelmingly garlicky). We also shared a bottle of rose wine and a dessert. During the meal, there were several sightings of red squirrels enjoying their repast of hazelnuts. Even though we dined inside, we were fortunate enough to get a window seat, having come after the lunch rush, almost at the cusp of tea-time.
After our meal we stopped by the garlic farm store. The range of garlic products was comprehensive, even including garlic ice cream--chocolate and pear flavors. Word to the wise: bypass the garlic ice cream and opt for the millionaire shortbread (short on garlic, but long on chocolate) instead. We even ended up buying some hazelnuts, just to see if the red squirrels who were enjoying them knew something we didn't. It took some work to crack them (must be how the squirrels stay so skinny). I would definitely recommend this spot if you are a garlic lover, or just looking to satisfy your curiosity.
Great spot for garlic lovers, when we have people to stay usually pop in here.
There is a restaurant and the garlic shop, that has now shrunk slightly to expand the restaurant. Get all things garlic from dips to ice cream (not kidding). Also get other local delicacies when in season such as asparagus and sweetcorn.
Great spot when on a trip round the Island.
Disappointed as this was hyped up in various places on the island and really was more of a farm shop with very expensive cafe (nearly £9 for a sandwich of the day)
Also renovation work currently being done (July 2010) so only portaloos and no accessible toilets but new ones are being built.
Nestled away almost hidden along a road in Newchurch Isle of Wight lies the wonderful Garlic Farm. Free to enter and wander around it's amazing to see garlic being grown and to smell all the wonderful aromas. The staff in the shop are bubbly and friendly and there are many wonderful products to buy like garlic soap and some great garlic dips to try for free. Why not visit somewhere a little different from the norm, educate the kids and have some fun and it's all free.
Arrogant wait staff in the restaurant. Got order wrong and then insisted it wasnt their fault. I suspect the only reason why they get business is because of the farm attached to it.
I didn't manage to go round the farm on my visit but the shop was well worth the journey down the country lanes to farm. It stocks every garlic related product you can think of; honey, marmalades pesto, garlic crushers the list is endless. The staff were very friendly and the tea shop stock a nice variety of dishes.
Wonderfull food well worth a visit especialy if you like garlic.
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