Skylark Farm Shop and Cafe – Staverton
I had been told many good things about this rural cafe by a number of people over several months so I was keen to check it out for lunch after a round of golf at nearby Staverton Park Golf Club. The cafe is situated on the Lower Shuckburgh Road at Skylark Farm which is just outside the village of Staverton near Daventry on the A425 to Southam and Leamington.
I visited on a Friday lunchtime at half term so I should not have been surprised to find a lot of families dining out with young children so it was therefore a little noisy but we found a table by the window and I was immediately impressed with the views across the Northamptonshire countryside and the unexpected sight of hundreds of free range chickens directly outside the large cafe windows.
The Lunch Menu and Light Bites is basic with an assortment of fillings in sandwiches, baguettes or baked potatoes coupled with chips, coleslaw or salad but all was reasonably priced and cooked by their own group of accomplished chefs. I was pleased to read that much of the food is fresh from the farm or locally sourced whenever possible including eggs from the chickens I could see outside whose meat was also on the menu!
I have been reliably informed that the all – day breakfasts are hugely satisfying for anyone with a big appetite and the cream tea – a scone served with clotted cream and jam is a must try. An afternoon tea is also on offer between 2pm-4pm which consists of a selection of scones, cakes and sandwiches. If that is too much, you could opt for a simple tea cake served with butter & jam. I am already planning to visit again for the cream tea because it sounds terrific.
Having ordered our food and drink from the till counter, we settled down to admire the view and check out our emails courtesy of the free wi-fi provided. Despite serving a large lunchtime clientele, the service was very efficient and we were eating our meals within twenty minutes of ordering. The young serving staff were very efficient and polite.
I had ordered a BLT with chips /mayo and it arrived nicely presented and tasted as it should. The chips were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside just as I like them. It was a satisfying meal in pleasant surroundings at a good price.The cafe also serves a tempting range of tasty cakes and other treats which I reluctantly declined on this occasion. There is also a specials board which offers a range of other food options on a daily basis. The cafe is fully licensed so you could so order a glass of wine or beer to go with your meal if you wish.
Having had children of my own I was pleased to see that Skylark offered a children’s menu. I know how important it is to try and keep costs down when eating with a young family of two or three children. Much to my delight I realised there was a play area outside where children could play and look at the chickens so that the family diners could sit and enjoy their meals while their kids played outside.
Skylark also have a number of barn conversions which have been purposely designed for hosting private parties, anniversaries, christenings, birthdays, weddings or for a special meal with family and friends. The website points out that Skylark will arrange everything for your event including the music, decorations, cake and anything else you need. They offer a wide range of fixed price menus which should cover all tastes and budgets but they can arrange an extra special event of any description. I visited in the winter so was unable to sit outside but when the weather is warm, there are seated areas outside to sit and enjoy your meal admiring the country views.
After our meal we decided to visit the farm shop which is at the front and side of the cafe. I had a stroll around and bought several packs of gammon steaks and a solid looking home made pork pie. The shop stocked the usual foods you would expect to find in a farm shop. At Christmas Skylark Farm plays host to Father Christmas and some of his reindeer. Families are invited along to the farm to meet the reindeer and the great man himself and have a photograph to record the memorable occasion.
I really enjoyed my lunch time meal at Skylark and would recommend a visit to friends and family when they are in the area. The meal was good, reasonably priced with stunning views and the farm shop is an interesting additional diversion if looking for alternative meats and foods. I am already planning to visit again very soon!
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