There’s no doubt about it, it’s a lovely spot. Ferny Hill Farm is located alongside Trent Park overlooking sweeping Green Belt countryside only a few minutes’ drive from Barnet, Cockfosters, Enfield and Potters Bar.
I was recently there on a bright Wednesday to have a browse around the farm shop. Being lunchtime, there was barely space in the car park and the tea room/café was doing a brisk trade. The shop is quite small and was attractively decorated for Christmas, mainly stocking gift items. Despite a small display of fruit and veg, I was hoping for a broader selection of fresh produce in addition to the usual selection of pickles, preserves, chocolates and cakes – but maybe it was the time of year.
However, a few things caught my eye. There was plenty of ice cream and some (delicious) halloumi cheese from Lewis of London of Arkley that I find difficult to resist. They also stock Enfield honey and some award winning rape seed oil and mayonnaise from Suffolk. Displayed on the counter were farm eggs that included duck eggs available individually. They also sell logs, kindling and (outside) Christmas trees.
Shopping bag in hand, I went through to the tea room in the main part of an Elizabethan barn which overlooks the fields to the north (and which also hosts the pop up restaurant Gastronomical). The menu plays it safe with a selection of salads, filled baked potatoes, sandwiches, cakes and an all day breakfast selection (until 3pm). I tried the special lunch deal of homemade soup and a toasted sandwich for £7.25 – a tasty and filling option for a winter day. They also offer a good value cream tea for £3.25 which has been a big hit with my daughter.
It’s not a destination like Battlers Green Farm, but it is much closer to home and ideal if you’re going to Trent Park and fancy a drink or a bite to eat – or if you’re buying a Christmas tree.
Closed on Mondays