M1, Junction 20; 2 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Piled with unusual gifts, crockery, homeware, reclamation finds, greetings cards, furniture, plants and garden goodies, the Garden Barn is a veritable emporium comprising a labyrinth of connecting rooms.
The shop began in the mid-1980s as a traditional farm shop and has diversified creatively into a treasure trove – it has an unrivalled collection of Victorian chimney pots, should you need one. It’s difficult for even the most hardened minimalists not to walk away with a trinket or two.
In the centre of the action a café offers simple light lunches, rich coffee and sweet treats. The paninis are particularly popular, served with thoughtful extras, such as hummus and crudités or a handful of pistachios. Eat at the open-plan tables by the counter, head for the quieter tea room upstairs with log-burner, reading materials and countryside views, or enjoy al fresco dining in the tumbling gardens during summer months.