Thursday, 8 January 2015

Robertsbridge: Perch Hill Farm

Only open on selected days, Perch Hill is the garden run by gardener Sarah Raven whom you may have seen on various gardening related TV shows. Tucked away down a little lane near Robertsbridge quite near my mums, I am always scanning the website around Christmas time for shopping open days so I can visit the shop and have a cuppa in the greenhouse.

This photo was actually taken on a previous visit in the Summer
It was on one such open day in early November last year that myself and my mum came to visit. The farm does have garden and shopping open days throughout the year but I really like just coming in the Winter to browse the small shop with its Christmassey things and take a tea in the greenhouse. Winding our way along the lanes, a welcoming sign at the end of the lane invites us up the drive. Parking up, we first take a wander into the large barn housing a display of art and glassware - the reason for this particular open day. We then headed over to the shop for our annual browse of the Christmas themed goodies and general kitchen and garden related items.

Although only a tiny shop, the presentation and layout is done so well that you can take away some great ideas of how to display various jars or vases in a crafty way. On the other side of the shop is the huge greenhouse which houses some massive tables where you can take a light snack and cuppa. I love all the matching green metal chairs and even on a chilly day, there are some industrial type patio heaters to keep the chill off making it super cosy.

A small counter stacked with bright Emma Bridgewater mugs and some mouth watering looking cake sits amoungst the green foliage and flowers. The cake on offer on this particular visit was a substantial looking chocolate cake and a lovely looking lemon drizzle. Ordering and paying, we took our refreshments to one of the large tables to enjoy.

The generous slab of cake, as usual, was really delicious and washed down nicely with a cup of tea. Although not a tearooms or cafe, it is a great spot to come to when open for a wander and a sit down. The atmosphere is very relaxing and all the ladies that run this place are extremely friendly and welcoming.

Even though it's only open on select days, it was fairly quiet on our visit with a handful of other people doing the same as us. We stayed for a good hour, made a few Christmas themed purchases from the shop then headed off.

The Verdict?
I would definitely recommend this as a place to pop into on an open day for the chilled out shopping and lovely setting in which to have a cup of something hot with cake or even a light lunch. Check out the website here for up coming open days.

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