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Farm & Field Café – picnic takeaway with grounds and wildflower meadows near South Petherton

  • Breakfast, lunch, cakes and coffees to eat in or take away

  • Extensive grounds to explore – take a picnic blanket

  • Late opening on Wednesdays (Burger night) and Fridays (Pizza night)

  • Breakfast (weekends only)

  • Opening hours: link here

  • South Petherton (near Ilminster, off the A303) - South Somerset

  • Free parking

  • Toilets

  • Dogs welcome on leads only

I was tipped off by a friend that a new café had opened on the outskirts of South Petherton, then drawn in by a series of the most colourful, amazing-looking, wildflower-adorned cakes, salads and wider menu on Farm & Field Café’s fresh new Facebook feed – it was time to test these out for myself!

Signposted from the Lopen roundabout, not far from the South Petherton/A303 roundabout, the access road brings you to Frogmary Green Farm’s visitor entrance and car park. It seems like there’s a lot of development going on at the farm, one aspect being the installation of a brand-new café – it’s going to be a really nice-looking timber and glazing kind of place when finished.

For now, (summer 2020) Farm & Field café is set up primarily as a take-away, making use of the extensive and beautifully-maintained grounds over the road opposite. There are, however, plenty of tables indoors for a rainy day, in the café’s temporary location (whilst the main venue is being built), and a couple of picnic benches outside. But to really make the most of the experience, take a picnic blanket or camp chairs and take your food (handily provided in paper takeaway bags) to enjoy in the wildflower meadow, by the lake, or on the grassy amphitheatre – so much space to spread out and let the kids run free!

The café is currently open Wednesday-Sunday for cakes and coffees, and lunches. (See opening hours here.) At the weekends, breakfast is available too (wow, it looks SO good – cooked breakfasts on offer, vegan, carnivore, pancakes, it all looks delicious. I’ll let the images speak for themselves for the menu offerings (obviously these images aren’t mine, they’re far too nice - all the decent images in this article are credited back to the Café).

The lunch menu includes sandwiches (the enormous indulgent type), salads, specials and sides. There isn’t a specific children’s menu but if your children freak out at the sight of a pea shoot in a sandwich they’re happy to adapt their offerings for kids. You can also buy fresh milkshakes, and chips/fries.

On Wednesdays the café opens later for burger night takeaways, and again on Fridays for pizza. I’ve never tried a pizza topped with edible flowers but I’m sure game to give it a try!

In terms of access and facilities, the temporary café itself is buggy-accessible and there’s plenty of space, with toilets available indoors. Proper baby change facilities are coming soon; for now there’s a room for parents to use with a changing mat. Access to the grounds is buggy friendly and the grass in the fields was mown to allow for easy wheel access. Only point to mention is that the grounds are a trek from the loos in the café building.

This place is set to go from strength the strength, I’ll be sure to return this summer and when the café build is finished later in the year.


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